Fabrizio Romano has reported that Everton are one of two teams hoping to sign Joshua Zirkzee on loan this month.
The 19-year-old forward, who plays for Bayern Munich, is one of the most highly rated young players in world football, making Goal.com’s NxGn list last year at number 22.
“Joshua Zirkzee could not have announced himself to Bayern Munich fans as a potential superstar in quicker or more sensational fashion, with the forward netting decisive goals in a combined total of eight minutes across his first two Bundesliga appearances,” wrote Goal.com.
However, he has struggled for game time this season, with just five senior appearances under his belt, and the Bundesliga giants are reportedly willing to send him out on loan.
According to the Daily Mail, Zirkzee was due to join Eintracht Frankfurt on a temporary deal but they signed Luka Jovic from Real Madrid this week, while FC Koln have also enquired.
talkSPORT, meanwhile, have reported that Everton are closing in on his signature, with Alex Crook saying on Twitter that the player is set to arrive at Goodison Park on loan with a view to signing permanently during the summer.
However, Romano’s latest update on the young Dutchman suggests that the Toffees aren’t close to sealing the deal, with Italian outfit Parma apparently also being in talks over a move.
Everton and Parma are in talks with Bayern Münich to sign Joshua Zirkzee on loan, after Eintracht Frankfurt also trying weeks ago. He wants to play – no decision made yet. 🔴 @SkySport @MatteMoretto #Bayern #EFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 15, 2021
Should Everton succeed in signing Zirkzee, they’d be getting themselves a wonderful talent who former Everton director of football Steve Walsh was close to bringing to Goodison Park back in 2017.
Zirkzee, who played for Feyenoord’s academy at the time, told Voetbal International last year: “Everton was a serious option for me.
“Ronald Koeman was coach, Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United that summer and I got the feeling from Everton that there was a good chance I could really become something there.
“They even offered me a contract whilst I was on trial.”
Ultimately, he opted to join Bayern – but given his lack of game time there, could he finally be on his way to Merseyside this month, with Marcel Brands succeeding where Walsh failed?