In Focus: Everton could be tempted by late Dendoncker move due to his versatility

According to Kristof Terreur of Belgian media outlet Het Laatste Nieuws on his official Twitter account, Everton have been offered the chance to sign reported West Ham United target Leander Dendoncker.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Irons have been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old Anderlecht midfielder this month, and assistant manager Stuart Pearce even watched him in action live last weekend.

However, Terreur claims that the Toffees have also been offered the Belgium international thanks to the good relationship between the two teams – Everton gave them Henry Onyekuru on a season-long loan deal last summer having won the race for the exciting Nigerian forward.

Terreur suggests that the Belgian outfit could be interested in a deal that would see the Merseyside outfit sign Dendoncker, then loan him back to them for the rest of the campaign.

How has Dendoncker done this season?

He has once again been a key player for Anderlecht having established himself as a regular starter in recent years, and he has a keen eye for a pass – whether it be short or long.

While the 22-year-old’s preferred position is as a defensive midfielder, he has also played at centre-back on a number of occasions this term, including when Pearce watched him in action in his side’s 1-0 win against Genk on Sunday.

According to WhoScored.com, the Belgian has an overall passing accuracy of 89.6% in his six appearances in the group stages of the Champions League this season, while he made 15 interceptions and successfully completed four of the five dribbles he attempted.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

The Toffees looked to be well covered in central midfield, but the double leg break suffered by James McCarthy last weekend could tempt Sam Allardyce into looking at a deal for the highly-rated 22-year-old – one that would also excite the fans given that he has played more than 150 times for Anderlecht and has Champions League experience.

The fact that he can also play as a centre-back – a position that has been one of the Merseyside outfit’s weakest at times this season – will impress the Merseyside outfit, and they would be confident of getting the Belgium international given their good relationship with Dendoncker’s current club.