West Ham look set to battle it out with Everton for FC Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic.

The 19-year-old, dubbed the Croatian Messi, is struggling to break into Barca’s first team, despite being one of Europe’s most highly-rated youngsters.

West Ham have been tracking Halilovic for a number of weeks, with manager Slaven Bilic said to be keen on a loan move for the attacking midfielder.

But Everton have now joined the hunt for his signature and it is believed they could be the preferred option for the Catalan club, such is their good relationship with the Merseysiders.

Everton have previously had Belgian winger Gerrard Delofeu on loan from Barca during the 2013/14 season, which could prompt boss Luis Enrique to push for a move up north for Halilovic.