Everton boss Marco Silva has instructed his scouting department to carry out fresh checks on RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen, as he seeks solutions to the Blues’ early issues in front of goal, according to the Express.
Silva ordered the Toffees’ talent spotters to engage in extensive observation missions focusing on the Denmark international following his arrival at Goodison Park last season, and has returned to his interest after Everton failed to score for the third time this term when beaten by Sheffield United on Saturday.
Everton currently have four senior strikers on their books in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Moise Kean, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse, but only Sheffield-born Calvert-Lewin has found the back of the net in the Premier League this season – striking his first goal since March against AFC Bournemouth (TransferMarkt).
Kean was supposed to add another dimension to Silva’s attacking line-up upon his arrival from Juventus this summer but is yet to get up and running in the English game, while Tosun has been deemed surplus to requirements.
Everton’s lack of goals this term has sparked Silva to issue a new scouting mission on Poulsen, as the Denmark striker enjoyed his best campaign in front of goal last season – hitting 15 in 30 Bundesliga appearances, along with two in the Champions League and two in the DFB-Pokal (TransferMarkt).
The 25-year-old, who has been dubbed as a 6 ft 4 ‘battering ram’ (per the Express‘ piece), already has one to his name this season, as well as six assists across all competitions, with his sole successful strike ensuring RB Leipzig beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 after creating teammate Timo Werner’s opener in the tenth minute.
Newcastle United also have a long-standing interest in Poulsen, and it is suggested that the Magpies may move on their position should Everton appear more willing to do the same.
While the Express do not suggest what fee RB Leipzig may value Poulsen at, TransferMarkt consider the 40-cap international to be worthy of a £31.5million asking price – which ranks 24th in the Bundesliga, per their valuations.
Everton would certainly be looking at a figure in that region should they pursue Silva’s interest, as Leipzig would be losing an influential part of their attack, as evident by his involvement on the scoresheet since the start of the 2018/19 season.
It remains to be seen if the Blues do make a move, though, as Silva has put a lot of faith in Calvert-Lewin since the Portuguese head coach’s arrival, and the £27.5m (BBC) signing of Kean represents a large investment the Toffees are yet to see any rewards from.
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