Report: Everton submit £8m bid for international midfielder, response is emphatic
By Dominic Toner
Everton have had an £8million bid rejected for Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney, according to a report.
The Echo claim that the Toffees have seen a second bid of £8million turned down by Bremen after failing with an initial £5.5million offer.
It is understood that rules mean the Denmark international can not join another team for the rest of the season after already featuring for Copenhagen and Bremen this campaign.
The report details Bremen handed Delaney his debut at the weekend after he completed his move from Copenhagen in January, which was agreed back in the summer.
The Echo claim that Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is still eyeing a ball-playing midfielder and may return for Delaney in the summer.
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Delaney is a central midfielder and made 30 appearances for Danish side Copenhagen this season, scoring eight goals and supplying five assists in 30 appearances.
The 25-year-old has now officially completed his move to Bundesliga side Bremen and played the full 90 minutes in his debut defeat against Borussia Dortmund.
He already has 14 senior appearances for national side Denmark and has featured regularly in their World Cup qualifiers.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should continue to monitor Delaney in the second half of the season as he tests himself in Germany. The midfielder has experience in Denmark and in the Champions League, including meeting Leicester in the group stages. He has proven to be a good playmaker in the middle of the park and it will be interesting to see whether he can replicate those stats in the Bundesliga. Everton should have enough midfield options in their squad until the end of the season, with the emergence of youngster Tom Davies an exciting prospect. They will also have Idrissa Gueye returning from the Africa Cup of Nations to compete for a spot alongside Gareth Barry and Morgan Schneiderlin.
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