Aston Villa are interested in signing Ryan Cassidy from Watford, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 17-year-old has caught the eye for the Hornets’ youth teams in recent times, scoring goals at a relentless rate.

He has already found the net 12 times this season, adding to the 25 that came his way in 2017/18.

Villa are not alone in their admiration for Cassidy, however, with Everton also monitoring his progress.

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Blues boss Marco Silva rated Cassidy highly during his time as Watford boss, but a potential move to Goodison Park would likely happen next season.

Watford striker Troy Deeney believes the teenager is one to watch, with many predicting a bright future for him.

Although the Premier League outfit are keen to tie Cassidy down to a new deal – his current contract expires in 2020 – no talks have taken place yet.

The teenager could have to make a decision about his future this month, with Villa circling.

Derby County are also linked with Cassidy, as are an unnamed Dutch Eredivisie team, while a host of League 1 and League 2 clubs are eyeing up loan deals.