CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has now revealed a transfer update involving Everton and Weston McKennie.
The Lowdown: January move?
Jacobs has shared that the Juventus midfielder is not going to seriously consider his future with the Serie A club until after the World Cup in Qatar finishes. The journalist states that the Premier League is of ‘huge appeal’ to the USA international, and Tottenham Hotspur in particular have had a ‘long-standing’ interest.
Jacobs added that the Old Lady are ‘open’ to selling McKennie for a transfer fee of £20m or more, claiming that the 24-year-old still has ‘huge potential’.
The Latest: Everton have ‘scouted’ McKennie
Taking to Twitter on Monday afternoon, Jacobs has also added that Everton are among a number of clubs in the English top flight to have ‘scouted’ McKennie, and that he could move to the Premier League in January, but there is ‘nothing advanced’ between any of his potential suitors at this moment in time.
The CBS reporter claimed: “Several Premier League clubs have scouted McKennie, including Newcastle, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal. But none have advanced interest yet. He’s a player who could well move to England in January but right now there is nothing advanced from any potential Premier League suitors.”
The Verdict: Would not make sense
After signing Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner in the summer, a move for McKennie would not make much sense for Everton in January.
Hailed as a ‘pressing machine‘ by 90min journalist Chris Smith, the 24-year-old ranks in the 97th percentile for progressive passes received and the 93rd percentile for touches among midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues over the past year (FBRef), so he would clearly add a lot of quality in the middle of the park for the Toffees.
However, given that the American is likely to cost a fee of more than £20m, Frank Lampard would be better off investing in other areas of the pitch, unless Everton let one or two midfielders go in January.