According to a report from Inside Futbol, Everton and West Ham United are set to lock horns over AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi as the end of the January transfer window draws near – with the Toffees seemingly needing to add more goals and assists from the wing.
The Moroccan, who has scored a prolific 27 goals in his last two seasons for AZ Alkmaar with 13 of those coming this term (Transfermarkt), is now reportedly on Carlo Ancelotti’s radar as he looks to improve the proficiency of his midfield options.
Idrissi, once dubbed as one of the top 10 Eredivisie young talents to watch by just-football.com back in 2016, has appeared to live up to expectations in the Netherlands – helping his side qualify for the Europa League this season where they even battled Premier League giants Manchester United.
The 23-year-old, while notching more goals and assists than the likes of Theo Walcott and Bernard this season, has also eclipsed the Toffees pair in terms of dribbles completed (3.4), shots per game (2.2) and pass accuracy (83%), as per WhoScored.com.
Taking this into account, it’s little wonder why Ancelotti may be enquiring after a prolific force who can operate on either flank, especially considering top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin has bagged fewer goals than the Morocco international this season.
Having only netted 28 times in total, Everton seem to be in need of more potency going forward – with Idrissi potentially being a realistic answer to their lack of threat in the final third despite him currently plying his trade in an inferior league.
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