Everton want to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea and are willing to pay up to £25m to get it done this month, according to Sky Sports News.
The Toffees saw their move for Arnaut Danjuma hijacked by Tottenham despite a medical and media duties being completed, and Anthony Gordon is said to be close to an exit with Newcastle United pushing hard for his signature.
But while speaking on Sky Sports News (25 January), their reporter claimed Everton were hot on the trail of the Moroccan to solve their attacking problems.
“They have moved quickly on that front,” they reported. “So many different targets and options in that position available in this window.
“Hakim Ziyech, the Chelsea player, is the player that Everton have turned towards.
“One source has told us that they’re ready to pay up to £25m for Ziyech. They’re very much interested in him Everton. Chelsea are considering letting him go.
“Everton I must point out at this stage have denied making a bid, but they are looking for replacements for Anthony Gordon should he move on.”
Price of survival?
Everton are absolutely desperate to bolster their attacking options before the transfer deadline next week, and with relegation a very real possibility they cannot afford to be too cheap.
Danjuma was set to be a loan deal for the rest of the season, but Chelsea aren’t in a position where they need to let him leave despite signing so many new attackers since the summer.
Ziyech’s form prior to the World Cup was likely to see him leave, but he stood out for Morocco and has played well since the season resumed meaning Graham Potter won’t be begging for him to leave.
His qualities on the ball and dangerous left-foot have seen him nicknamed “Wizard” in the past, and he would offer great balance to the side with Demarai Gray on the opposite wing too.
He can bring goals, assists, creativity and a great work ethic off the ball and if he’s able to save the club from relegation, then £25m will be an absolute bargain come May.