By George Overhill

21st Nov, 2022 | 8:45pm

Dennis Geiger is a player that Everton are “highly interested in” alongside a number of other teams, as his contract ticks down, Florian Plettenberg reports.

The 24-year-old midfielder’s contract is due to expire in the summer, and despite talks continuing he is reportedly unlikely to be signing an extension at this stage.

That has alerted the Toffees and Benfica, along with sides from Germany, who want to pick up the former German under-21 international who has made over 100 appearances for the Bundesliga club.

Reporting on Twitter Sky Sports Germany journalist Plettenberg wrote on Monday night (21 November): “SL Benfica & Everton highly interested in the 24 y/o central midfielder. Some Bundesliga teams too.

“Tendency at this stage: No contract extension at Hoffenheim, free agent 2023. Talks with all parties ongoing. Current salary around €1.5-2m/year.”

Keen

Central midfield is an area that is well stocked at Everton currently, but there still looks to be a fair amount of turnover on the horizon.

Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s contracts are also expiring at the end of the season, and at this stage it doesn’t appear that their stays at the club will continue past that point.

If Frank Lampard sees more in Geiger than he does in the current Toffees pair then it would be a matter of their wages going straight towards the German without a transfer fee required.

Creativity in the centre seems like the priority at this stage, with goals very hard to come by currently, but the prospective signing has only scored six and assisted 13 in his six seasons with the Hoffenheim senior side, so doesn’t seem an obvious solution in that regard.

Lampard needs help in attack above all, but as a legendary Premier League midfielder he knows the importance of getting that area of the side right.

With Allan and Fabian Delph already gone, and the likes of Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin currently loaned out, there has been plenty of movement on that front in the former Chelsea man’s time on Merseyside.

Idrissa Gueye hasn’t proven to be quite the stabilising influence that was hoped so far, while Amadou Onana and James Garner are still developing, so if Everton can come up with a more attractive contract offer in January, when Geiger can speak to sides about a summer move, he could be the latest addition.