By Joe Ellis

9th Jun, 2022 | 2:57pm

Leicester City, Everton and Wolves want to sign Torino midfielder Matt Garbett - report

Leicester City are among three Premier League sides who are keen on signing Torino midfielder Matt Garbett this summer, according to The Sun.

The 20-year-old was born in London but represents New Zealand at the international level and looked impressive in the All Whites’ 1-0 friendly defeat to Peru on Sunday 5 June.

That was his eighth appearance for the New Zealand national side but he is yet to make his debut for Serie A side Torino, having played a full season for their Under-19s side in 2021-22.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton are the other two top-flight sides supposedly in the race to sign the 20-year-old with Sevilla providing competition from Spain and Al Ain want to bring him to the United Arab Emirates too.

Wolves are set to be the only side not to send scouts to watch the All Whites’ World Cup playoff game against Costa Rica at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Qatar.

Too soon

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he may be doing alright for his national side but let’s not forget that he is yet to make his senior debut for Torino.

Unless he is going to go straight into the Under-23 set-up at any of these clubs (with the possible exception of Al Ain), then this is almost a waste of time and resources right now.

Leicester, Wolves and Everton should all be waiting to watch him play in Serie A first and how he copes with such an intense league before they decide to make a move or not because he is still very unproven.

He could be the player who makes football explode in New Zealand to the level that rugby and cricket are regarded but he won’t be doing that by slumming it in academy football in England.

Especially at 20 years of age, Garbett needs senior football right now and he won’t get that in the Premier League without an enormous injury crisis so he is best either staying put or moving to a club lower down so he can play every week.

In other Leicester City news, the Foxes are set to rival the mega-rich Newcastle United for this striker from France after he scored 10 goals throughout 2021-22.