In Focus: Everton should not be put off by Costa’s controversial behaviour

Everton are expected to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa on a short-term loan, according to football.london.

What’s the word?

The Spain international has made it clear in the media a handful of times that he does not intend to return to West London.

The 28-year-old revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail earlier this month that he was informed by manager Antonio Conte via text message that he was no longer wanted.

Costa has insisted that he only wants to sign for his former club Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish outfit are prohibited from registering new players until January 2018 due to a transfer embargo.

Loan options appear to be on the table, and according to football.london, reports in Spain have stated that the striker will join Everton until the end of the year.

It is believed that Chelsea would sanction a switch to Goodison Park as the team do not play Ronald Koeman’s side until 2018.

Could this be the coup of the summer?

There is no denying that Costa can cause controversy and his attitude would be a concern for any club looking to take him on.

However, the striker has plenty of goal threat, which is what Everton are lacking at the moment, despite spending over £100m on new signings this summer.

Costa scored 20 Premier League goals last season, and given that the Toffees would only have the forward until he joins Atletico in January, they can risk bringing in a player with his questionable behaviour.

The only potential downside to this deal is that the forward is severely lacking in match fitness having spent the entire summer in his homeland Brazil.

Costa did not have a pre-season, so it could take him time to get up to speed.