Noel Whelan has suggested Everton are in pole position as Sami Khedira looks for a Premier League move this month.
The former Leeds United and Coventry City striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the pull of Carlo Ancelotti should be enough to get a deal done if the 77-cap enforcer is made available to sign.
According to the Daily Mail, the 33-year-old is in talks with Everton over a potential move to Goodison Park which would see the midfielder reunited with his former manager.
Speaking to the Athletic, the 33-year-old revealed his desire to play in England as he pushes for a move out of Turin this month.
The Germany international, who was part of the World Cup-winning squad back in 2014, has won seven league titles during his time in Germany, Spain and Italy and admitted playing in the Premier League would be “the icing on the cake”.
He did refuse to comment on whether he could reunite with former manager Jose Mourinho at Tottenham, but he did herald the Portuguese coach for the impact he has had on his career.
Asked which Premier League side he thought the veteran midfielder could join, Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s difficult to say – Everton, they’re the ones for me where I think Ancelotti could have the pull.
“He’s worked with him at Real Madrid when he was there so I think if you’re gonna bring Khedira in and get the best out of him – a bit like Rodriguez as well who’s worked with the manager – he knows what he’s getting, he gets the best out of the player. I think Everton for me is a big switch, that makes sense to me.
“The Tottenham one, well, I don’t know, you’ve got players like Harry Winks and young players the can play that defensive kind of role in that midfield. He’s not going to have the legs now to do box-to-box and that’s never really been his kind of game, he gets in there but he’s never been that sort of player.
“Hojbjerg is in there now, he’s a similar kind of player in my opinion so I would say Everton makes more sense to me than Tottenham.
“Then again, it’s whether these managers actually do want this player because it seems to me like he’s pushing it more than English clubs are wanting him.
“It’s one of those, he’s going to be on big wages so he is a player that’s got to be used week in, week out if you’re going to justify paying wages to a player like that.”