Noel Whelan has tipped Everton to strengthen in January if they can get rid of Yannick Bolasie.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker said the 31-year-old’s exit would be “absolutely huge” for the club financially.
Bolasie, who has little over six months left on his contract at Goodison Park, has not played for the Toffees since May 2018.
Football Insider understands that club chiefs are willing to let the winger leave for a cut-price fee next month in a bid to get his £70,000-a-week wages off their books.
Middlesbrough have reignited their interest in taking the DR Congo international on loan but there has been very little interest from clubs regarding a permanent move.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the attacker’s future, Whelan said: “It would be absolutely huge if they can move Bolasie on in January.
“That applies to any player who is on massive wages who is not making the squad week in, week out.
“We are also in a time where not many fans are coming in so to be forking out that amount of money each week hits you at the end of the month.
“He is not even playing at Everton so I think any opportunity to get him out, permanently or on loan would help the football club.
“It may free up some room to bring somebody else in. It is staggering what he is on.
“He is fit enough now but even still he is not part of Ancelotti’s plans. Ancelotti will want him out of the club as quickly as possible.
“That way they can bring somebody else in and they will want to strengthen in January. There is no doubt about that. Ancelotti will have eyes on people.”