Steve Walsh, who helped outline Leicester City’s transfer strategy which eventually led to a shock 2016 title win, has told The Athletic via Liverpool Echo [9:20] that he had pretty big plans during his time at Everton – with the club not backing his signings.
The former Toffees chief executive has revealed that he once had the likes of Erling Haaland, Andrew Robertson, Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire ready and waiting to sign on the dotted line at Goodison Park – only for the club to reject all of those propositions.
All of the players listed above have gone on to take the footballing world by storm – with Robertson starring for rivals Liverpool and Evans and Maguire briefly forming a solid Foxes partnership before the latter made a record-breaking move to Old Trafford.
Haaland, meanwhile, is shining in the Champions League for Red Bull Salzburg, already netting seven goals.
The Norwegian striker, in particular, is one that Everton will feel pretty aggrieved to have missed out on – with the teenager sweeping aside all opposition this season, scoring 15 goals in 12 league games for the Austrian club.
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According to Walsh, he had the youngster and his dad (former Manchester City man Alf-Inge Haaland) ready and waiting at the club to sign a £3.4 million deal to no avail – with Haaland now reportedly valued at an unbelievable €100m (£85.5m) by his club.
“While I was at Everton, I offered them Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire deals, when they were at Hull, and it was worth £20 million for the pair. Everton wouldn’t take them,” Walsh told the Athletic.
“I had a deal done for Jonny Evans too before he came to Leicester, but again they wouldn’t take him. Erling Haaland, the striker with Salzburg, I had him and his dad at the club with a deal done for £3.4m (€4m). The club wouldn’t back me.”
Indeed, had the former executive managed to get all of his proposed moves over the line, who knows where Everton would be right now with such star names.
One thing is for sure, the Toffees must be kicking themselves for missing out.
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