By George Overhill

26th Jan, 2022 | 5:10pm

Ryan Taylor expects Everton to be interested in Armando Broja in the summer

Everton are expected to have an interest in signing Chelsea’s Armando Broja in the summer, according to Express Sport’s Ryan Taylor.

The journalist reports that the Toffees are thought to be looking at younger players rather than potentially expensive flops, after their recent transfer failings.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Taylor said: “They need players that they can coach and develop.

“One player that would probably be of interest to them this summer is Armando Broja, who is obviously flourishing on loan at Southampton.”

Too late?

Broja has been performing well on the south coast, having scored five Premier League goals, and has already made 10 international appearances.

And comparison’s have been made between the ‘Ronaldo-inspired youngster’ this season, and that of the £97.5million acquisition that his parent club made in Romelu Lukaku (BBC), as they have scored the same amount of league goals.

He has made such an impression that The Guardian recently reported that Ralf Hassenhutl’s side were in negotiations to sign him on a permanent deal.

So it is possible that by the time the Goodison hierarchy get their act together to make an approach, assuming they have got a manager in place by then, it may be too late, which would surely not endear them to the fans any more than currently.

But with The Athletic reporting that Arsenal have strong interest in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it looks as though the Toffees are going to be needing a new man up front fairly soon.

And while the age profile of the 20-year-old suggests he would be a good development project, it seems likely that he would not be cheap to sign on a permanent deal, due to his value rising during this season.

Everton’s best hope may be for Chelsea to deem him too much of an asset to let go, and for him to be available for another loan move in the summer.

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