Everton are in a race against time as the race for 18-year-old Norwegian prospect Sivert Mannsverk heats up.

According to Calciomercato [via Sport Witness], the Merseysiders have joined Aston Villa and a host of Italian clubs, including Inter Milan and Bologna, in showing interest in the youngster.

To make matters worse for the Toffees, Eredivisie duo Ajax and FC Groningen have surpassed their continental rivals in chasing his signature as the clubs have ‘moved with official offers’.

The highly sought-after prospect currently plies his trade with Norwegian side Sogndal IL in the second division of Norwegian football.

Everton and Aston Villa are said to have ‘started to press’ for the player, suggesting they are pondering a potential move before the end of the month. For the interested suitors, the interest is described as a ‘race against time for the clubs concerned’.

Calciomercato made some particularly bold claims about the player, but the line that Mannsverk is ‘promising to be one of the best prospects in European football in the coming years’ is one which really stands out.

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It is hard to see where Mannsverk would fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. Given Everton’s wealth of midfield options, including the likes of Allan, Andre Gomes and Abdoulaye Doucoure, the Norwegian starlet would likely be more suited to under-23s football on an initial basis.

Valued at just £450,000 by Transfermarkt, he seems to be more of a raw talent requiring nurturing and close development to make it into senior plans.

However, if he can be secured for under £1 million, there is every chance he could one day emerge into a fine prospect. He already has 16 youth international appearances for Norway and has managed two goals at under-19 level, so it’s not hard to see why Everton may be showing an interest.