By Will Butcher
It’s been a mixed response from Everton’s Twitter following after it emerged that they had made a club-record swoop for Belgian central midfielder Axel Witsel.
The Goodison Park club have reportedly agreed a £30million fee for the Belgium international and the player’s dad has confirmed their interest in an interview.
The Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder’s father and agent Thierry Witsel has told Radio CRC that Everton are very interested in the 27-year-old.
Toffees fans got to see their potential new signing in action last night, as Belgium crashed out to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been given a hefty transfer budget to spend, but Everton fans are unsure whether spending £30million on Witsel is the right move.
Witsel? NO THANKS
— Syd (@syd_EFC) July 1, 2016
Begovic, Witsel, Mata, Van Dijk and Daley Blind imagine if we actually signed them that would make a massive difference to Everton
— Simon J Villiers (@sjv_simon) July 2, 2016
— Harry Pye (@HarryPye3) July 2, 2016
— American Toffee (@EFC_Guru1878) July 1, 2016
30m for Axel Witsel is absolute robbery! Never played in a decent league & his stats are still poor, another player seriously overhyped #EFC
— Callum James Diegan (@cal489) July 1, 2016
Oh how I hope this Axil Witsel rumour is true #EFC
— Magz (@enda_mcgrath1) July 1, 2016
— Michael D'Arcy (@IAmMikeDarcy) July 1, 2016
So far can definitely see Axel Witsel fitting in at Goodison. Completely missing in first half which is some going with that hairstyle #EFC
— Jake Harvey (@Jake__Harvey) July 1, 2016
I'd have Witsel, every day of the week. He eats attackers for brekkie, that lad 👏🏻 #EFC
— S E A N O (@seano_) July 1, 2016
A mixed reaction for Witsel then, who played for Benfica before moving to Russia in 2012. Manager Ronald Koeman is looking to bring in central midfielders and has also been linked with a £20million bid for Morgan Schneiderlin.
The 27-year-old, who is known for his trademark afro haircut, had was successful with 92 per cent of his passes last night and could form a strong partnership in the middle of the pitch with James McCarthy.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are expecting a record-breaking bid for their star defender.