Everton were linked with a move for Ben Brereton Diaz right up until the final hours of Deadline Day in the summer and now a reliable source has delivered an update on the club’s chances of signing the player in January.
According to Everton insider and journalist Alan Myers, the talented Blackburn Rovers striker is set to stay at his current club at least until the end of the season.
Myers claimed on the All Together Now podcast:
“I don’t think he will be available in January, it’s as simple as that. Blackburn are flying high, I think they are third in the Championship now.”
“They’re going to lose him at the end [of the season], what money are they going to get for him now, you know? So I don’t see that happening.”
It is no secret that Everton are yet again struggling in the Premier League after a string of poor performances leading up to the World Cup break. It has seen the side score the joint-second fewest amount of goals in the top flight, so it’s undeniably bad news for Frank Lampard that Brereton Diaz is set to stay at Rovers.
The Merseysiders are currently teetering on the edge of the relegation zone in 17th – just one point shy of falling into the bottom three – so when the side return to action after Christmas big improvements must be made on the pitch.
Lampard will have the opportunity to strengthen his team in the January transfer window and adding some quality to the forward line to increase the goal contribution should be a main priority for the manager.
As a result, the signing of Brereton Diaz would’ve been a major addition for the club as he has become one of the biggest attacking threats in the Championship and could’ve taken his next step to Premier League football via Goodison Park.
The Chile international has scored 41 goals and registered 13 assists so far for Blackburn with a goal contribution every 174 minutes.
Over 21 Championship appearances this season, he has continued to prove his quality.
The £10m-valued Everton target – who was hailed “wonderful” by Tony Mowbray – has scored nine goals, registered one assist and created four big chances, as well as averaging three shots on goal and winning 2.9 duels per game.
With that being said, it will be disappointing for the powers at Goodison Park that they may not be able to convince Brereton Diaz to join in January but they will need to find a suitable alternative fast to make sure they have enough quality to compete over the second half of the season.