By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

19th Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Anthony Elanga would be a “really good move” for Everton if they can complete a loan deal for the Manchester United winger, says Kevin Campbell.

Fabrizio Romano told Mark Goldbridge on the Fabrizio Romano on 9 January that the Toffees were “really pushing” for the Sweden international, and reported via his Substack for Caught Offside on 16 January that a decision at Old Trafford would be made in the coming days.

While the transfer guru has subsequently reported on Twitter (19 January) that the player’s preference would be Borussia Dortmund, Everton remain in the running, and Sky Sports pundit Campbell is in full support of such a deal this month.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “I like him. He’s very direct, he’s quick and strong, and adds more pace to hurt in behind.

“Yeah I think that could be a really good move.

“You still need that striker, because Elanga’s not prolific. So you still need that striker because if he’s going to be getting in behind defences you need somebody in there to put them away.

That’s the key.”

It isn’t the ideal position for Frank Lampard to be in, waiting towards the end of the window for United to decide if they are ready to let the 20-year-old move in January.

And if there is another club he would rather go to then it could be yet more disappointment in the market, but the links have been there since the summer so it could be something that comes off in the final days of the month.

Whether Elanga can be the spark that rejuvenates this side is another matter, and Campbell is surely right that even if he does arrive he will need to not be the only one.

The Everton attack needs a similar boost to the one the defence received with the arrivals of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, but with almost three weeks of the window passed the manager would surely like to see any help arrive.