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Dodged Bullet: Everton and Eder

Dodged Bullet: Everton and Eder

Everton could certainly do with an out-and-out striker or two this summer at Goodison Park to try and help them continue their upward trajectory.

Marco Silva’s current crop of forwards have struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis, leaving a lot of the responsibility to the likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

It has been rather difficult for the Toffees’ faithful to watch at times as they have been accustomed to some great strikers in the past, with the likes of Dixie Dean, Graham Sharp, Duncan Ferguson, Wayne Rooney (in his first spell with the club) and Romelu Lukaku all worth notable mentions.

However, they could have had a truly awful forward join them in 2012 if David Moyes had managed to land one of his reported targets.

According to an article produced by the Daily Mail, Everton were once interested in signing Eder. It was claimed the Academica Coimbra striker would have been available for a fee of around £2million.

Although that is not exactly a huge transfer fee to fork out, especially for a striker, you could say the club were lucky to dodge a bullet on this one.


Those that follow football closely may recognise his name being associated with Portugal as he was the man to secure them the 2016 European Championship trophy with his goal in extra-time against France in the final.

However, and maybe more importantly, some may also remember him at Swansea City. And, what a disastrous time it was!

Eder was eventually brought to the Premier League in 2015 after a three-year spell with Braga for a fee thought to be around £5m (Eurosport) and he turned out to be a complete flop.

After just 15 appearances across all competitions and no goals, Swansea told him to pack his bags and he was shortly on his way to Lille, where he turned an initial loan deal into a permanent stay.

But, after 18-months with the Ligue 1 outfit and 13 goals to his name, the Portugal international headed out to Russia to play for Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan before deciding to extend his stay.

Considering Eder has failed to hit double figures ever since his days at Braga, Everton must be hugely relieved they did not take a chance on him all those years ago.

Everton fans, how big of a bullet did the club dodge regarding Eder? Let us know below!

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