According to a report from TEAMtalk, Everton are amongst a number of clubs keen on signing Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz.
The lowdown: Rise to prominence
The 22-year-old has emerged as a star performer in the Championship this season and has been attracting plenty of attention as a result.
Called up to represent Chile after the discovery of his eligibility due to having a mother from the South American nation, Brereton Diaz has already earned 11 caps as a senior international.
Now it would appear the next step in a promising career is on the horizon as a host of Premier League clubs take an interest.
The latest: Everton keen
According to the report, the Toffees, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Leeds United are all in the mix, but it’s Brighton who lead the chase at present.
The Seagulls are believed to be willing to offer players as part of the deal in order to sign the Stoke-born ace.
Currently set to become a free agent at the end of the season, it’s also claimed that play-off chasers Blackburn ‘will be taking’ the option to extend Brereton Diaz’s deal by a further year this summer.
The verdict: A no brainer
Valued at £9million (Transfermarkt) and perhaps soon to be with one year remaining on a contract at Ewood Park, signing the Chile international would be an affordable venture for most top-flight clubs in normal circumstances.
Showing a marked improvement year on year, Brereton Diaz was described as a player who has ‘come on leaps and bounds’ by Colin Hendry and has taken his output up a level this season, currently sitting on 20 goals in just 30 league outings.
Praised for an ‘extraordinary’ work rate by manager Tony Mowbray and capable of playing across the frontline, the former Nottingham Forest youngster would seemingly have no problems pairing up with or even succeeding Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Goodison Park.
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