The Everton fans are looking to the future in the Transfer Tavern now that their side have all but secured their place in the Premier League for next season.
The Toffees have been threatened by relegation for the majority of the season so far, but their home form in recent months has enabled them to breach the 40-point-mark and ensure that they will be playing their football in the top-flight next season. Now that the club have achieved their aim for the season, they are beginning to look ahead to the summer transfer window in order to identify players who will enable them to mount a challenge for a top-six finish next season.
According to The Sun, the Everton hierarchy have already begun eyeing up a £25 million deal for Norwich City’s playmaker James Maddison (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt), although they face competition for his signature from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and their local-rivals Liverpool.
Rife interest in Maddison that is reported in The Sun is hardly surprising considering his record for the Canaries so far this season. The 21-year-old has already racked up a startling 13 goals and 7 assists from 36 appearances in the Championship and considering his age he is only bound to improve in the years to come.
His arrival at Goodison Park would provide another option in attacking midfield to support the likes of Gylfi Sigurdson and Tom Davies, but it would also signal the end of Davy Klaassen’s tepid career on Merseyside which has amounted to virtually nothing since his big-money transfer from Ajax last summer.
Klaassen arrived at the club with high expectations, but so far he has managed to make just 10 starts for the club in all-competitions, and although he recently made a return to Premier League action after not featuring since September, it appears Allardyce has no place for him in his first-team plans.
Everton will be hard-pressed to recuperate a large sum of the £24.3 million they paid for Klaassen last summer, but barring a dramatic turn around in the next few months, he will almost certainly be on his way out of the club if Maddison arrives at Everton this summer.