Everton have already been by far the busiest Premier League side this summer and their business doesn’t look to be finished just yet. With another star seemingly linked to the Toffees every day, here are 5 players who could be playing in royal blue come the opening day of the season.
16/17 Stats: 9 goals, 13 assists
Recent reports suggest Everton have already made a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson. Numerous media outlets are reporting that a bid of £40 Million has been rejected by Swansea, and the club have confirmed that the Icelandic international has not travelled on Swansea’s pre season tour due to the speculation over his future.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was the star man in a poor season for Swansea City. So often the man they turned to in their hour of need and without his goals and assists they would be playing Championship football this coming season. So far this season when Everton have set their sights on someone they have got their man, and although they may have to pay over the odds, all the signs are pointing towards a big money move to Goodison for Gylfi.
16/17 Stats: 12 goals, 3 assists
With 18 of his 29 PL appearances coming from the bench last season doubt has been cast on Olivier Giroud’s Arsenal future. At the age of 31 time isn’t on his side and a switch to the ambitious Everton, could be just the tonic for a career swansong. The Frenchman’s quality is there for all to see, you only have to look at his now infamous scorpion kick goal against Crystal Palace to see he doesn’t lack quality or confidence.
Whether Giroud is ready to give up on Arsenal or choose Everton over what is surely a sizeable line of clubs vying for his signature remains to be seen, but if the Blues can pull this one off, it will be a further strong signal of intent as to what they hope to achieve this campaign.
16/17 Stats: 15 goals, 2 assists
Possibly the least popular of the five players highlighted here due to his connection to the red side of Merseyside and his poor work rate. Everton fans have always demanded 100% effort from anyone pulling on the blue shirt and will never turn on a player who gives their all, regardless of skill.
If Everton fans ignore Benteke’s forgettable tenure with their neighbours, they’ll remember his impressive virtuoso performances at Aston Villa which earned him his big money move to Liverpool. Villa never recovered from losing the big Belgian and Palace would have struggled to survive last season without his goals. Benteke would be a good option for Everton with his aerial prowess and poaching instincts. If The Blues also add the set piece master Gyfli Sigurdsson to their ranks it could prove a shrewd acquisition.
16/17 Stats: 13 goals, 3 assists
The poacher supreme, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has a buyout clause of just £11.5 Million. 28 goals in 45 appearances over 2 years at Bayer Leverkusen shows he still has his potent scoring touch. With stints at 2 of footballs biggest clubs and a god like status in his native Mexico, the price should surely attract Everton to add the South American hitman to their growing ranks.
16/17 Stats: 29 goals, 12 assists
Serie A’s joint top goal scorer for last season has been linked with Everton in the last week. The two time Premier League winner at Manchester City has produced the goods in Germany, England and now Italy and at the age of 31 could look to have one last dig at the Premier League.
Everton could be the perfect match for the Bosnian after losing their main striker in Romelu Lukaku, and also having the financial might to be able afford the wages of Dzeko’s calibre of player. I believe this to be the most unlikely signing of all the aforementioned players, however if this one does materialise it will be an impressive and exciting capture for Koeman’s side.
Written by Callum Dumbell, follow him on twitter @caljdumbell
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