Sky Sports pundit sees great value in Everton signing free agent Adnan Januzaj
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It is “not a risk” for Everton to sign free agent winger Adnan Januzaj after he left Real Sociedad, according to Kevin Campbell.
The former Manchester United player is available this summer and the Toffees are one of the teams looking at bringing him in, along with West Ham [La Gazetta dello Sport].
The transfer window has been hard work considering the financial constraints the club are operating under, although the signings of Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil have lifted things slightly this week, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels that the lack of a fee for a man with Premier League experience makes the Belgian international a very sensible addition.
“At Sociedad he’s done alright,” he said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.
“He’s a free so again so you don’t have any transfer free to pay, you’ve just got to really pay the player’s wage.
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“Good player, knows the Premier League, knows what it takes.
“And he’s improved. He’s matured a lot being at Sociedad.
“Sociedad have been a decent side for a few seasons, a good few seasons now.
“So it’s not a risk. I think it’s a real plus to get somebody like that, with that quality for nothing.”
“Lefty as well.”
McNeil is a player that operates in a similar area to Januzaj, but attacking upgrades wherever possible are something that Everton need to consider after losing their main offensive threat from last season in Richarlison.
The 27-year-old is arguably much better value than the £20million signing from Burnley even accounting for the younger man’s potential to still develop, and with Andros Townsend coming off a major injury this one could make sense.
A striker, midfielder, and potentially another back-up in defence might be more important if Frank Lampard has to choose, but if the primary targets continue to be as difficult to get hold of as they have done for most of the transfer window, a good quality player that is available on a free transfer is always going to hold interest.