By Dominic Toner
Steve Walsh has revealed that Everton plan to search South America for future transfer targets.
In an insightful interview, the Everton transfer chief also explained how the club are keen to sign players with good character as well as football skills.
Walsh moved to Goodison Park in the summer to become the club’s director of football and arrived with a huge reputation of being a top talent spotter.
He played a major role in Leicester’s unlikely title victory last season after discovering star players N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
They went from unknown players to Premier League title winners with the Foxrs and Walsh is credited with finding them.
The scout has already proved his worth by recommending Idrissa Gueye in the summer for Everton as he has become a crucial player in the midfield.
Walsh has explained the Toffees will look to search South America for potential signings alongside Europe.
“Most of the players in the Premier League, or a great percentage, are foreign players so it is important we have all the major leagues in Europe covered,” Walsh said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “We also try to do a bit in South America as well.
“The key is to try and get as much information about our targets and try and find out what they are like as people, as well as football players, because that contributes to a good team ethic.”
Walsh is set to play a big role in the development of Everton as they try to break into the ‘top six’ teams of the Premier League.
England’s elite sides have broken away this season and appear to be a level above the rest, but seventh-placed Everton are hoping to challenge in the near future.
Ronald Koeman is assembling an exciting young team and managed to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United in January.
The club’s supporters will be desperate for Walsh to pull off another spectacular find and sign the next Riyad Mahrez.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are eyeing a striker who is on £230,000-a-week.