Everton target unwanted Man United star

Everton have joined the long list of teams scrapping for the signature of Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck, according to reports from ESPN.

The England international is rumoured to have been told he’s free to find another club before the transfer deadline closes by Louis van Gaal, who yesterday indicated that the versatile attacker is at the bottom of his list of strikers by recalling Robin van Persie to his starting XI.

Welbeck has already been dropped in favour of Javier Hernandez this term, and with Wayne Rooney the club’s captain the academy graduate is at the foot of the pile.

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Tottenham, Arsenal, Hull and Sunderland are all keen, and now Everton have entered the running.

Roberto Martinez is desperate to add to his ranks before the transfer window closes next Monday, with Europa League football likely to weigh heavy on his squad.

Romelu Lukaku is the Toffees’ first choice striker, but with Arouna Kone still out with a 10-month long injury, the Belgian is short of cover.

Welbeck is seen as a good option, with the 23-year-old also able to play from a wide role.

Samuel Eto’o is another target, with the former Chelsea man no longer on Liverpool’s radar.