Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands must target Eintracht Frankfurt’s hitman Sebastien Haller after snubbing a move for PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano.
Brands was instrumental in bringing Richarlison to Goodison Park in the summer, as the former Eindhoven employee removed the shackles of a club with limited resources.
Now, the Dutchman is considering the next big addition for the Toffees and his club have been heavily linked with a move for Lozano – a player he signed when in the Netherlands.
In a recent interview with Voetbal International, the 56-year-old discussed the player’s possible transfer, before ruling out a move if the fee is more than £20million.
“I think that if Hirving Lozano and Steven Bergwijn go directly to the absolute top in the Premier League, they will get it very difficult,” stated Brands.
“For Richarlison we have indeed paid a lot of money, but he is 21 years old and has already shown it in the Premier League.
“I do not know yet at Lozano and Bergwijn. If Lozano would cost twenty million, I would consider it, but at higher amounts, we look at players who have already proven it in the Premier League or in another big league.”
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As Brands and his colleagues at Everton scout potential signings, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Haller must be in their minds.
Haller would meet the Dutchman’s demands for a player proven in another big league, for the 24-year-old is lighting up the German top-tier with nine goals and assisting a further eight in 16 Bundesliga games this season.
The 6 foot 3 forward would provide Marco Silva with an acrobatic, dogged goal-getter, who is nimble in possession and yet his outstanding physique allows the former Utrecht star to thwart opposing defenders.
Reports in Germany have also identified Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund as interested parties, while noting that Frankfurt will look to recoup between €20-30million (around £18-27m) should they sell their striker.