Everton are facing a transfer battle with Wolves and Southampton for the services of £38m-rated RB Leipzig forward Jean-Kevin Augustin, who is struggling for game time in the Bundesliga this season and could be open to a move to the Premier League, as per The Sun.
The Toffees, along with the Saints and Wolves as aforementioned, are interested in Augustin, who has lost his place in Ralf Rangnick’s side to Yussef Poulsen this season despite starring alongside Timo Werner up front last term.
The 21-year-old has made just three Bundesliga starts this season, but it is testament to his huge ability that he has still managed to score three league goals – in all competitions, Augustin has six goals to his name.
Impressively, the Frenchman hit nine goals and recorded five assists in 14 league starts last season, so it is extremely baffling to see him dropped from the team. His current situation will not sit right with him, especially seeing as he came to Leipzig for game time having slipped far down the pecking order at his former club Paris Saint-Germain.
Augustin is a rapid forward who is unerringly prolific in front of goal, and has a few tricks in his locker to boot. The aforementioned report states that the Merseysiders made contact with Leipzig over the French attacker’s availability last month, as they do not see Richarlison as a long-term option to lead the line.
However, new Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be optimistic of his chances in landing Augustin at St Mary’s, as he worked with the 21-year-old last season during his hot spell in front of goal.
Nuno Espirito Santo is also keen, as his move for Tammy Abraham hits the rocks – Wolves are waiting to see what FIFA have to say on their regulations over the amount of clubs a player can appear for in one season, as Abraham has already featured for Chelsea and Aston Villa.
RB Leipzig will not block a move for Augustin if a £38m offer comes their way. Whoever gets this electric forward may get a fantastic player, but for that price, Everton should steer clear of a striker who could easily turn out to be another Cenk Tosun.