Everton are interested in signing Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi, according to a report.
French news outlet Foot Mercato claims that the Toffees are in the hunt for the in-demand attacker at Championship outfit Boro.
It is understood that Marco Silva’s side are in race alongside Premier League rivals Liverpool and Newcastle, while Spanish teams Real Betis and Valencia are also eyeing his situation.
Brahimi is yet to make a first-team appearance for Boro since joining last summer, but the winger did scored eight goals and supply 14 assists in 25 games at youth level.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton have proven in recent years that they have a brilliant academy in place and a number of players have made the step up to senior football as a result. Brahimi, 18, would surely link up with the Toffees youngsters if he moved to Goodison Park and is yet to actually make a senior appearance. The French wide man is renowned for his trickery and eye for goal, but it’s too soon to judge whether he would be a good signing. However, it may be worth trying to snap him up given the widespread interest and could help mentor him in the next couple of years. Everton supporters are all up for investing in youth, but it will get to a point where they want some high-profile additions too and know that the first-team squad needs some serious improvements ahead of next year. They are crying out for a new centre-forward to bang the goals in for them next season and Silva needs to try imprint his attacking style of football on them quickly.
In other Everton news, they must abandon their £40m pursuit and turn their attention to a Championship flyer.