By Will Butcher
Everton have moved into pole position to sign Wolfsburg youngster Anton Donkor on loan after Aston Villa cooled their interest, according to a report.
German publication Sport Buzzer claims that Ronald Koeman’s side are keen to sign the 19-year-old, who is said to have travelled to England to meet the Toffees.
Just last week, Donkor revealed that his agent was in talks over a loan move to Villa Park, as manager Steve Bruce looked to add width to his Championship side.
“Yes, my consultant has contact with Aston Villa,” Donkor told Sport Buzzer. “In order to further develop myself, a move to England would surely be a good thing.”
However, the highly-rated winger could now be set to join Everton as the Toffees look to bring in a winger to replace injured Yannick Bolasie and Gerard Deulofeu, who has joined AC Milan.
After returning with Wolfsburg’s first team from a training camp in La Manga during the winter break, Donkor is looking for senior football in order to continue his rise to stardom.
Yet to make single appearance with the Bundesliga outfit’s first team, the four-time Germany Under-20 international has starred in Wolfsburg’s reserve side this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Signing Donkor in a loan-to-buy deal could mean that Deulofeu will leave Everton permanently in the summer. Known for his explosive pace and powerful physique, Donkor could be brought in permanently at the end of the season after an initial loan by Koeman to replace the former Barcelona ace who looks to have a glimmer of hope of remaining on Merseyside in the summer. With a loan-to-buy deal currently in place at Milan for Deulofeu, securing Donkor’s signature in a similar move could push AC Milan’s newest signing even closer towards making his Italy stay a longer one after a poor spell at Goodison Park. Donkor is an unknown to European football but he could turn out to be a huge talent, with Wolfsburg known to rate the winger highly.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have also been credited with an interest in this in-form Championship attacker.