Everton boss

Alex Bruce insists it would be a “hell of a coup” if Everton were able to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez this summer.

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, was blown away by the possibility of the 76-cap ace moving to Goodison Park.

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo report that the Toffees have offered the 28-year-old, who is valued at £34.7million (€40million), a four-year deal to reunite with Carlo Ancelotti this summer.

The Italian boss has already signed Rodriguez once before, taking him from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich on loan during his time at the German giants.

Bruce insists that the attacking midfielder would be a statement signing from the Toffees and one which could draw more big-name arrivals to the club.

Bruce told Football Insider: “It would be a hell of a statement to go and get someone like him, I think he’s a very good player and he’s got bags of ability.

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“For Everton to get in someone like him would be a hell of a coup. I think when you go and sign someone like that it makes people stand up and take notice of you. 

“It can also attract other players of that sort of calibre once you get someone of that ilk through the door. For them to get him, it’ll mean they mean business.” 

Rodriguez has made 124 appearances for Real Madrid since joining back in 2014 but was sent on loan to Bayern between 2017 and 2019.

He has just one goal and two assists in 13 games for Real this season with injury curtailing his campaign.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED the club are in the driving seat to sign a right-sided flyer this summer.