Kevin Campbell: Mikkel Damsgaard would be a good signing for Everton
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Kevin Campbell has urged Everton to sign Sampdoria attacking midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard this summer.
According to CalcioMercato, the Toffees have joined the race to sign the 21-year-old Denmark international, with Liverpool, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham also credited with an interest.
Sky Sports journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed he is now worth around £25.7million following his extraordinary Euros with Denmark, and Campbell believes Everton need to sign such a player.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said: “I think Damsgaard could play all across the front line, you just never know what sort of thinking of the hierarchy at Everton.
“But Damsgaard looks really well, he is a good player, and (the club needs a) couple of good additions at the top end of the pitch. We’ve discussed this before.
“Players who could do something, then you are in business.”
The Dane is an exciting player at his age, and he proved his quality to the watching world at the Euros.
Just before clocking 21, Damsgaard became Denmark’s youngest ever goalscorer at a major international tournament after his wonder strike in the 4-1 victory over Russia.
The attacking midfielder bagged the entire tournament’s only freekick goal – the opener in the 2-1 semi-final loss to England – and Everton surely could do with his services in the final third.
He ended last season with two goals and four assists in 35 Serie A games, and is only going to get better.
Having spent just one season with Sampdoria, the Italians are definitely going to demand top dollar to let him go, and we do not see Everton breaking the bank for him.
Given his ability to defend, Toffees manager Rafa Benitez would love Damsgaard, but with Andros Townsend signed and Demarai Gray on the way, we believe the club is not likely to sign another player in that position.
Should he remain at Sampdoria beyond this summer, he is a player we are likely to remain to keep tabs on, and just maybe a move would work out next summer.
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