Everton admit interest in impressive Belgian star

Everton scout Andy De Smet has admitted that the Goodison Park outfit are keeping a close eye on Belgian defender Bjorn Engels.

The Toffees are expected to make drastic changes to their playing squad this summer after an inconsistent season that has seen Roberto Martinez sacked as manager.

Centre-half could well be an area to reinforce, with John Stones coveted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs and Phil Jagielka not getting any younger.

Engels has starred at Club Brugge over recent years and has impressed with his reading of the game and physical attributes.

He has represented his nation at age-grade level and is expected to be one of the future stars of the Belgian side once he gains more experience.

De Smet has stated that the Goodison Park outfit are keeping a close eye on Engels and regard him as a player that could fit into their Premier League ranks.

“He is in any case a central defender with a lot of qualities in terms of building from the back, so in that sense Bjorn’s profile fits in there,” the scout told Sports/Football Magazine, as published online by The Liverpool Echo.

“Now, all English clubs follow a lot of young players long and intensively in order to correctly assess their potential and scope for growth.

“But just because the media say a scout is there in the stands doesn’t necessarily mean a transfer is imminent.”