Report: Everton eye up Manchester United proven ace, player open to move
By Harvey Byrne
Everton are tracking the situation of Manchester United winger Ashley Young, according to a report.
ESPN have claimed that the 31-year-old winger has emerged as a target for the Toffees alongside Premier League rivals West Brom, Watford and Swansea.
It is also stated that while the former England international is happy at United, he would consider a move to secure regular first-team football.
Young has featured in seven matches for the Red Devils in all competitions under manager Jose Mourinho this season.
He still has two years left on his current contract, but at his age he could be looking to move to one final club.
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Young is a natural left-winger, but he can also cover the left-back and right midfield positions. He has the added advantage of being proven in the Premier League.
His versatility could be what is attracting manager Ronald Koeman, who is in desperate need of some attacking flair from the wide positions.
Wingers Kevin Mirallas, Yannick Bolasie, Aaron Lennon and Gerard Deulofeu have all unimpressed in recent matches with the Toffees enduring a poor run of form.
The club have won just one of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions, but a good start to the season has seen them remain in eighth place.
Koeman will now be looking for additions in the January who he feels can stop the recent run before his side move too far behind their competitors.
Football Insider verdict:
Ashley Young has proven to be a very capable squad member for United in recent seasons, and he could be the same for Everton. It is unlikely that he will become one of the first names on the team sheet at the Toffees, but he will see more pitch time than he does under Jose Mourinho. He has won the Premier League and FA Cup during his career and would add some vital experience to the Everton team. He may now lack the explosive pace that earned him the move to United from Aston Villa, but he has enough technical ability left to be a worthy signing for the Toffees.
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