According to journalist Kristof Terreur of Belgian media outlet Het Laatste Nieuws via his personal Twitter account, Everton have been offered the chance to sign Anderlecht midfielder and West Ham United target Leander Dendoncker before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday, and Toffees fans have urged them to get the 22-year-old.
Something that was expected to pop-up, seen the good relationships: West Ham watched him, but Leander Dendoncker has been offered to Everton too. An Onyekuru scenario: buy him and loan him back to Anderlecht? #efc #whufc pic.twitter.com/4Ma9tem3CX
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) January 26, 2018
The Belgium international is highly-rated and has already made more than 150 appearances for the Belgian outfit, playing in both defensive midfield and at centre-back, and Terreur has suggested that a buy and loan-back deal could be an option.
The Toffees have endured a difficult campaign themselves and while they look to have good cover in the middle of the park and with results improving since Sam Allardyce took over, a double leg break for James McCarthy last weekend and some disappointing performances from others could see the Merseyside outfit dip into the transfer market.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and while one said “sign Dendoncker and sell Schneiderlin”, another said ‘Dendoncker is a major upgrade on Schneiderlin’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Sign dendoncker and sell Schneiderlin @Everton
— Sign a left back (@LmaoEverton) January 26, 2018
I'd be all over dendoncker and send schneiderlin on the hot dog stands where he belongs
— jimmy ⭕ (@cenk_tosun14) January 26, 2018
All for buying Dendoncker but can we loan them Schneiderlin instead?
— Peter McCann (@stockporttoffee) January 26, 2018
They absolutely have a pressing need to replace Schneiderlin though. And Dendoncker is a major upgrade. He passes the ball forward. This shows the lunacy of Walsh getting a paycheck. It’s a major weakness for EFC right now.
— Deckard Trebuchet (@xianorton) January 27, 2018
Can we buy him and loan Schneiderlin back please?
— George (@horhayefc) January 26, 2018
He's classy…sign him up and get rid of Schneiderlin
— David Wilkinson 🙋🏻♂️ (@DVDWLKNSN) January 26, 2018
Snap him up going to be class
— leewilliams efc (@leew456) January 26, 2018