Everton have been linked with a move for Anthony Elanga this month in an effort to strengthen the attacking threat ahead of the second half of the season and now a new update has emerged from a reliable source.
Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano took to The United Stand YouTube channel yesterday to confirm that Everton are still interested in signing the Manchester United winger on loan before the transfer window closes.
Host Mark Goldbridge asked about Elanga’s possible move to Goodison Park over the next few weeks, and Romano revealed:
“I think it’s a possibility, Everton already wanted him in the final week of August.
“Everton are still interested, they’re a big fan of him and I think it’s a very good possibility for the player because he was tempted in the summer but Erik ten Hag said ‘no you have to stay here, you’re an important player for us’ – now the feeling is different.
“So, I think this is one they will decide to do in the final days or weeks of the window because Everton are pushing – many clubs are interested in Elanga – but Everton are really pushing.”
Frank Lampard isn’t having the most successful time on the blue side of Merseyside and looks set to face another difficult relegation scrap again this term if the manager is unable to turn things around in the most immediate instance.
However, despite the troubled situation he has found himself in at Goodison Park, the former Chelsea boss is renowned for his eye for young talent and for nurturing their development by introducing them to consistent first-team football.
Tariq Lamptey, Armando Broja, Reece James, Mason Mount and Marc Guehi have all become established Premier League players and some have even become Champions League winners since Lampard gave them all their top-flight debuts.
As a result, the signing of Elanga could not only be an opportunity for Everton to add fresh quality to their attacking threat but also a chance for the player to work with a manager who has championed youth throughout his management career so far.
The talented 20-year-old has already tallied up 30 goals and 19 assists over his 115 career appearances rising through the ranks of Man United’s academy with a goal contribution every 153 minutes, proving that he could be a valuable asset to the Toffees in their pursuit of improving their goal tally in their upcoming fixtures.
Although earning consistent game-time over last season, the opportunities for Elanga to shine at Old Trafford have dwindled since the arrival of former Ajax boss Ten Hag – averaging just 31 minutes over 13 Premier League appearances this campaign which will surely be frustrating for the youngster who has already had a taste of senior football.
With that being said, the opportunity to go to Goodison and work with a manager who thrives in developing youth talent could be a tempting prospect for Elanga. At the same time, it would offer Everton another attacking option to really push on for a comfortable finish in the top flight by the end of the season.