The Liverpool Echo has revealed in the past day that Everton sent scouts to Portugal over the weekend to watch Porto play Sporting Lisbon in a top of the table clash – but who were they watching?
The Echo has listed six potential players that could be of interest; these being defender Ruben Semedo, winger Yacine Brahimi, midfielder Adrien Silva, wingers Gelson Martins and Jesus Corona and big striker Bas Dost.
There seems to be a running theme in those potentially being watched – wingers – and Everton could be set to dip into the market over summer after the loss of Gerard Deulofeu to AC Milan and the untimely injury to Yannick Bolasie earlier in the season.
Brahimi, Martins, and Corona all possess the pace and guile needed to stand-out in a fast-paced Portuguese league, and all have a natural ability to stretch the pitch as wide as possible.
Although this is all speculation, it might not be long before Ronald Koeman hears back from his scouts and devises a plan of action ahead of a busy summer of movement.
Former Everton player Michael Ball has said that Everton should start targeting the biggest players in the world if they are to mount a top-four challenge in the near future – starting with Sergio Aguero.
In his guest column for the Liverpool Echo, the ex-Toffees defender said that if a player of Aguero’s ilk and quality isn’t getting guaranteed first-team football, Everton should try and snap him up.
“Aguero has come onto the pitch for the last few minutes recently and had a chance straightaway.
“He is world class and any team would want him. So why not stick our name in the hat and give it a right good go? Lukaku would clearly relish a strike partner.”
Ball, who made over 100 appearances in the Everton defence during his five years at Goodison Park, also said that Everton’s recent run of impressive form should see them challenging their Merseyside rivals in the Premier League table before the season ends.
“We have one job for the rest of the season now the FA Cup has gone. There is one job on the players’ shoulders and that’s to chase down Manchester United and Liverpool. We need to put pressure on them.
“It’s out of our hands, but if we show what we’re capable of and they slip up they will get nervous.
“We’re not going to get nervous because we’re playing catch up.”
On the subject of Everton-related striker talk, one infamous former-Toffees forward has been back training in England with League One side Coventry City ahead of a reported deal.
Yakubu, who scored 25 goals at Goodison Park during his four-year spell, has been training at the Ricoh Arena ahead of a proposed short-term contract according to Sky Sports.
Coventry manager Russell Slade has said that he’s looking at taking the free agent on as his side look to start the great escape out of the League One relegation spots.
The Sky Blues currently sit rock bottom of League One, eight points adrift of safety with just over a third of the season left to go.
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