According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Everton are interested in a January move for winger Yacine Brahimi. The 28-year-old currently plays his football in Portugal with Porto and has done so since leaving Granada back in 2013, with his impressive exploits for the Primeira Liga heavyweights seemingly attracting the interest of Toffees manager Marco Silva.
And that’s because reports suggest that the Merseysiders are eyeing up a cut-price deal for the £23.4 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this month in a bid to improve their attacking ranks, with Brahimi’s possible addition potentially ridding the Premier League club of the hopeless Theo Walcott.
Ultimately, Algeria international Brahimi has proven to be nothing short of a revelation since making the move to Porto five-and-a-half years ago, with the winger netting 40 goals and laying on 48 assists in that time to help the Portuguese giants remain near the summit of the Primeira Liga, including winning the title only last season.
And with seven goals and six assists in all competitions for the club this time round, the 28-year-old continues to go from strength to strength in producing the goods in Portugal – only Moussa Marega (21) and Tiquinho Soares (14) have directly contributed to more goals than Brahimi for Porto this term.
But with his contract up in the summer, Silva’s Everton appear to want to strike a deal for the 28-year-old this month – and doing so could finally rid them of the hugely ineffective Walcott.
The England international made the move to Goodison Park 12 months ago after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal, and while he made a solid start to life on Merseyside, he has since struggled to produce the goods on a regular basis.
The 29-year-old scored three times and laid on three assists in the second half of last season to help Sam Allardyce’s side eventually finish eighth in the Premier League table, and while he started this campaign with two goals and an assist in his first two appearances, Walcott has since netted just once more in the Premier League for Silva’s side.
In fact, since that 2-1 win over Southampton back in August in which the Englishman scored once and set up another, the ex-Gunners star has scored only twice and laid on one assist in 19 league appearances for the Toffees – and in a side harbouring ambitions of competing with the top six in the near future, that simply isn’t good enough.
And that is why a move for Brahimi this month makes complete sense to Silva and the Everton hierarchy – other than Richarlison down the flanks, the likes of Walcott and Bernard haven’t really produced the goods so far this season, although the former in particular has struggled to make a meaningful impact in the last few months.
And with Algeria international Brahimi likely available for a cut-price fee this month given his contract situation, he’s a player the Toffees must seek to sign, not only to bolster their attacking ranks, but also given his arrival could finally rid the Merseysiders of the hopeless Walcott.
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