By Noel Whelan

20th Nov, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit drools as Everton set sights on 'Exceptional' PL 23-yr-old in Jan

Noel Whelan has been left drooling over the prospect of Dan James joining Everton on loan from Manchester United in January.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the Toffees need to improve their options out wide and the Wales star has shown “exceptional quality” for both club and country.

As revealed by Football Insider, Everton are keeping close tabs on the 23-year-old ahead of the January window as they plot a potential loan raid at Old Trafford.

The Merseyside outfit tried to sign James from Swansea City before his move to Manchester and Carlo Ancelotti is wanting to add another winger to his squad during the winter window.

Whelan has insisted Everton could do with signing a top-quality wide-man and insisted that the Manchester United speed demon ticks all the boxes.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think they need to look for more pace, more quality in those wide areas and Dan James, you can see he’s got that.

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“He’s not a regular in the Man United side but he’s never out of the squad. We saw in midweek, what a great striker he can be, and winger, with that goal that he took and scored – that’s exceptional quality from the young man.”

James has been on the fringes of the Manchester United side this season, with four starts in his five appearances across all competitions.

Despite his lack of regular game time at club level, he has been a mainstay for Wales and started both of their Nations League games during the international break, scoring against Finland.

In other news, a £20m+ Everton midfielder is in line for January move after France trip.