Although Everton and Newcastle are looking for quick solutions in the short term to help their progress, they are also investing in their future and Rigg is one of the most promising young people in England. He is so highly valued that Sunderland have already paid him £ 1 million.
Despite playing for Sunderland, Rigg comes from a large family of Newcastle fans, and it is believed that the Magpies are trying to take away the 14-year-old from their fierce rivals. But Everton could have seized the move by offering him to move to Merseyside instead.
Rigg has already joined Sunderland under 18 even at the age of 14 and has two goals and one assist in seven U18 Premier League games this season. Experts have suggested that he is the country’s best talent for his age, and that is why there is Premier League interest.
The Sun reports that Everton are seeking to lure the young man out of Newcastle’s hands, and the prospect of working under Frank Lampard may be enough to encourage Riga to move. But not if Newcastle says its word and it could become a dream come true for Riga and his family.
Rigg is the latest talent to emerge from the Sunderland Youth Academy, as Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson have both become stars since joining their ranks. Henderson moved to Liverpool on a deal worth £ 16 million and Pickford signed a contract with Everton as they paid £ 22.5 million for his services.
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Thanks to the Pickford deal, the relationship already exists, and most likely Sunderland will not want to hand over to its rivals one of the most talented young people in the country. The Black Cats no longer want to let him go, but they may be overwhelmed by Premier League interest.
Sunderland is on the verge of the playoffs First League, and will hope that the promotion will increase their chances of keeping Riga in their ranks. “Sunderland” dropped out of the Premier League in 2017 and has since been in the third tier of English football.
But they are slowly returning as former Premier League side Charlton, Wigan and Portsmouth are also giving up points in League 1. Wigan is a strong favorite to win the division, and Sunderland are hoping to get a place in the playoffs with four games to the end.