Aston Villa are in talks to sign Hearts midfield prospect Ewan Simpson.

The Scotland youth international has attracted a number of enquiries following outstanding performances for his country and Hearts U18s but Villa are making a concerted effort to entice him south of the border.

Hearts have still to agree terms for any compensation deal but Villa have made it clear they wish to sign him.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is targeting 15-year-old Hearts midfielder Ewan Simpson

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is targeting 15-year-old Hearts midfielder Ewan Simpson

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is targeting 15-year-old Hearts midfielder Ewan Simpson

The Scotland youth international has attracted a number of enquiries including Aston Villa

The Scotland youth international has attracted a number of enquiries including Aston Villa

The Scotland youth international has attracted a number of enquiries including Aston Villa

Simpson is still only 15 but has impressed playing under coach Steven Naismith with his side reaching the Scottish FA Youth Cup final.

English sides have stepped up their recruitment of Scottish youngsters in recent months.

Villa signed Kerr Smith from Dundee United last year, Liverpool and Leeds are targeting Aberdeen’s 18-year-old right back Calvin Ramsey.

Manchester City and Newcastle want Rangers’ midfielder Alex Lowry, 18, while Liverpool last week signed Celtic’s Ben Doak for £600,000.

Liverpool have already signed Celtic youngster Ben Doak (pictured) for £600,000

Liverpool have already signed Celtic youngster Ben Doak (pictured) for £600,000

Liverpool have already signed Celtic youngster Ben Doak (pictured) for £600,000

Source: DailyMail Sports

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