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Everton TT Roundup: Toffees eye Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to replace Marco Silva, plot move for Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and keen on Malcolm Ebiowei

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Everton recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Everton manager Marco Silva

Everton considering Marco Silva’s position

According to 90min, Everton’s poor start to the season has mounted pressure on Marco Silva’s position at Goodison Park, and Blues chiefs are considering whether or not to replace the Portuguese, with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag the preferred target of Director of Football Marcel Brands should the Merseyside outfit look to make a change.

Everton spent more than £100million on new players in the summer (TransferMarkt), but are yet to see the investments pay off, with Silva overseeing just two wins in eight Premier League games and sit inside the bottom three after Newcastle United beat Manchester United.

Brands is said to be considering a number of potential replacements to Silva but is confident he can lure ten Hag away from Amsterdam, despite Ajax signing the 49-year-old to a long-term contract in August as a reward for reaching the Champions League Semi-Finals last season.

David Moyes has also been linked with a return to Goodison Park (Football Insider), while Laurent Blanc’s name has been mentioned, but the Frenchman is expected to be appointed as Sylvinho’s replacement at Lyon after the Brazilian was fired on Monday.

Everton are also not expected to make a change at present, with Silva being given the chance to turn things around against West Ham United in what the Blues boss describes as a ‘must-win’ fixture (Telegraph).

Verdict

The writing is seemingly starting to appear on the wall for Silva at Goodison Park, as he is clearly struggling to get the players at his disposal singing to the same hymn sheet, and is failing to stamp out the defensive issues that have helped to four successive top-flight defeats.

Everton have also only played one of last season’s top-six so far this term, which puts greater scrutiny on the fact that Silva has only overseen two league wins, and the Telegraph claiming that he has met with Blues majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri twice in the past few weeks does not bode well for the Portuguese.

As for his possible replacements, going back to Moyes would be possibly the worst route they could go from the names currently being mentioned, as he has struggled vastly since leaving Merseyside and will not bring the attractive style of football that Silva was supposed to create.

Olympique Lyonnais' Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring their second v Angers

Toffees plot move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele

According to Football Insider, Everton are plotting a move to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and could step up their efforts ahead of the January window after struggling for goals in the top-flight thus far, with scouts frequently sent to observe the 23-year-old.

Dembele thrived upon returning to his native France last season with 23 goals and six assists across all competitions, and has already hit six in eight Ligue 1 games this term (TransferMarkt), which is just one shy of top-scorer Victor Osimhen.

A move for the Pontoise-born hitman would not be cheap, though, as Lyon value the 23-cap U21 international at double the £19m they paid Celtic in 2018, and are confident of making £40m.

Verdict

Everton spent big in the summer to land Moise Kean from Juventus, with the Italian setting them back a potential £27.5m (BBC), but his arrival is yet to return results and the Blues are crying out for a proven goalscorer.

It would remain to be seen if Dembele could be their proven ‘scorer, though, as the 23-year-old would likely need time to adapt to the Premier League, and even experienced strikers have struggled to make the switch instantly.

Alexandre Lacazette was a sporadic name on the scoresheet for Arsenal following his arrival from Lyon in 2017 (TransferMarkt), while Radamel Falcao scored 28 times for Atletico Madrid in 34 La Liga games in 2012/13, but arrived at Manchester United in 2014 following a year at AS Monaco to score just four times in the Premier League after recovering from a Cruciate Ligament Rupture.

Everton among clubs keen on Malcolm Ebiowei

According to AllNigeriaSoccer.com, Everton are among a clutch of Premier League sides monitoring the situation of Malcom Ebiowei, after Arsenal decided against offering the attacking midfielder a scholarship deal over concerns raised on his work ethic and attitude.

The Nigerian wonderkid made his debut for the Gunners’ Under 18s in August against Southampton, but is now firmly a target for Manchester United, who are heading Manchester City and Everton in the English race for his signature.

Manchester United are said to have instructed one of their senior scouts to make contact with the 2003-born player’s father, who joined the in-demand youngster when invited to Nigeria’s pre-U17 World Cup training camp, but his parents would prefer that he moves abroad in search of a more direct route into senior football.

Verdict

Arsenal must have developed some severe concerns about Ebiowei’s attitude to release the midfielder so soon after his U18s debut, but the interest from both Manchester clubs suggests the kid has the potential to be something special.

Whether Everton can convince him, and his parents, that he would make the move up to senior football earlier at Goodison Park would remain to be seen, but the Toffees may be able to use Alex Iwobi to help put together a convincing argument as to why he should move to Merseyside after completing the switch from North London in the summer.

Everton fans, would you welcome any of the rumoured targets? Let us know in the comments below…

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Everton TT Roundup: Toffees eye Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to replace Marco Silva, plot move for Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and keen on Malcolm Ebiowei
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