The Lowdown: Everton interest
It was reported earlier this week that Director of Football Kevin Thelwell is eyeing up a deal to sign Podence from his former club Wolves next year.
The Goodison Park outfit want to sign versatile attackers who are proven in the Premier League, and Podence’s agent Jorge Mendes is looking to find him a new club over the next few months, with his current deal in the Midlands expiring in 2024.
The Latest: Whelan backs move
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan has backed the Merseyside club to sign Podence ‘on the cheap’, given his contract situation at Molineux:
“When I’ve watched him, I’ve really liked his pace and his direct style.
“He can play on the left and play up front – and he can come up with assists and goals.
“I think Everton can get him on the cheap, too, with his contract situation.
“He’s been in the Premier League three years, knows the demands, and can offer Everton something different out on the field.
“It’s a wise move. It will be well within the budget for Everton and freshen up that dressing room, as well as raise the game of other players in his position.”
The Verdict: No-brainer
If Frank Lampard’s side can sign Podence for a cut-price, it is surely a no-brainer.
The winger fits the profile that they are looking for, and has plenty of experience in the Premier League, with eight goals and six assists over the last four seasons (Transfermarkt).
Incidentally, Podence has won all three matches that he has played against the Blues, so they know what he is capable of, and taking him from a direct rival would be a sweet bonus.
At 27 years of age, the Toffees would also be signing a player about to enter his prime.
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