Everton: Toffees interested in left-back; striker rumoured to be on his way; midfielder linked
After last week’s defeat at Burnley revealed some cracks with Everton’s current squad, manager Ronald Koeman has been eagerly looking forward to January to effectively bolster his side and keep them well within the race for Europe.
With Leighton Baines currently out injured, and Bryan Oviedo a wing-back by trade, there are early indications that one of the Toffees’ transfer targets come the turn of the year may be to recruit another left-back.
Of course the Merseyside club have loaned out two of their younger left-back players, with Brendan Galloway out on loan with West Bromwich Albion and Luke Garbutt enjoying a loan spell of his own in the Championship with Wigan Athletic, but the club have recently been linked in the Daily Mirror with one of Hull City’s young defensive prodigies in 17-year-old left-back Josh Tymon.
Tymon featured for the Tigers in their EFL Cup win over Bristol City in the week, and the Toffees are thought to be carefully monitoring his progress, although the Goodison Park outfit are said to be facing competition from Arsena l for the youngster, and more interestingly, Tymon is believed to have not yet signed a professional contract at the KCOM Stadium.
Elsewhere, the Liverpool Echo have dished out the latest news on Everton’s forgotten man Oumar Niasse. The man who Everton paid £13.5million to Lokomotiv Moscow for just ten months ago is being linked with a move to Turkey by reports coming out of the East; and not for the first time.
Galatasaray are said to be pondering whether they are set to be ready to make a January move for the Senegal international, but of course the Merseysiders would be looking for recompense on their original transfer fee. Galatasaray, however, are thought to be only interested in a loan move for the forward, far from ideal for Everton if they are looking to recoup a fee for the flop.
It isn’t all just about outgoings at Goodison Park however, and one of the most viable transfer rumours currently surrounding the Toffees has emerged from The Mirror, who have linked the club with a move for Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman as a long-term replacement for veteran midfield man Gareth Barry.
Strootman was arguably one of the most sought-after midfielders in world football when he put pen to paper with Serie A club AS Roma in the summer of 2013, for a fee that could potentially rise to €19m thanks to add-ons.
He was a key figure in a PSV Eindhoven team, and his performances had many of Europe’s top clubs courting him over a move, but it was the club from the Italian capital that made their move first and secured their man.
In March 2014 however, the Dutchman sustained a knee injury which has slammed the brakes on his promising career. He missed the World Cup with the Netherlands and their failed campaign to qualify for Euro 2016, and has been forced to sit out the last two seasons with Roma.
The 22-year-old however has started the current season determined to prove a point. He’s started eight of Roma’s nine Serie A matches and looks like being back to his potent best in midfield.
Of the 599 passes he’s attempted so far in Serie A games, 91.7% of them were completed successfully. He’s won an average of 52.8% of his duels- including aerial and tackling, and has also had an impact on Roma’s attack, being able to not only break up play but carry the team forward. He’s created 14 goal-scoring chances for teammates thus far this season and has already clocked up two goals of his own. The fact that the young midfielder is a compatriot of Ronald Koeman may be a decisive factor in driving this move forward.
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