By Will Butcher
Everton have knocked back two offers from Rennes and Lille for their young Belgian forward David Henen, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the Toffees have rejected two approaches from the Ligue 1 duo.
Henen, who is yet to play for Ronald Koeman’s first team, has starred for the Merseyside giants’ reserve side, having a hand in four goals throughout his 10 appearances.
Scoring once himself from his preferred position of left wing, Everton’s number 45 has provided three assists in David Unsworth’s side.
Formerly of Anderlecht and Olympiakos, the five-time Belgium Under-19 international is known for his pace out wide, and ability to reach the byline and provide a cross for his teammates.
Also able to play as a centre forward, Henen was loaned to League One outfit Fleetwood Town for the second half of the 2015-16 season where he scored just one goal in 11 games.
Henen is a long way down the pecking order at Everton, with Enner Valencia, Gerard Deulofeu and Aaron Lennon all above him while Yannick Bolasie remains out injured for the rest of the season with a knee problem.
Football Insider verdict:
Although he is without a senior appearance for Koeman’s side since his move in 2015, Henen is highly rated and the latest Belgian wonderkid to come off the production line. Everton are still looking for striker cover for Romelu Lukaku, with Arouna Kone still injured and Oumar Niasse expected to be offloaded in the near future after a dismal run of form since his £13million move from Lokomotiv Moscow. It suggests that Henen still isn’t ready for the first team, but Everton have seen enough to know they don’t want to get rid of him either. More first-team action is the way to go, and although they turned down offers, we’d expect to see another loan move materialise.
In other Everton transfer news, this target man is believed to have held talks with Toffees.