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Moyes’ £9M Raid On Fiorentina & West Ham Striker Target

Everton look to be embroiled in another transfer battle today as they move for former West Ham United target Miralem Sulejmani who much like the last packet of dry roasted peanuts in here on a Friday night is much in demand.

Everton are looking to strengthen both options from wide areas as well as strikers this Summer.  Louis Saha has again been a good performer for the Scouse side, but his season has like always been hampered with injuries.  Jermaine Beckford has been impressive for his first season in the top flight, and other than a few impressive youngsters there isn’t a lot more in the Everton attacking ranks.  So it clearly is an area they could do with strengthening.

Sulejmani was born in Belgrade and in 2000 he joined the youth academy at Partizan, he progressed well and was soon lauded as one of the brightest Serbian talents of recent years, after just one appearance for the first team at Partizan he was attracting interest from numerous clubs in Holland including, AZ Alkmaar and FC Groningen.  It was however another Dutch club that secured his signature, in January 2007 he was signed by Eredivisie side Heerenveen.

He made his debut at the start of the 07-08 season and scored 16 goals in 38 games.  The season was deemed such a success that he was soon on the move again, this time to Dutch giants Ajax who beat Chelsea to this signature, the forward cost the Amsterdam club around £13million.  He has proved a success playing for the Dutch giants and he is now again being linked with a move to England in his 3rd season with his current club.

The player, who can play on either wing as well as up front, was all but signed for West Ham last Summer only for him to fail to obtain a work permit.  He has been successful again this term and the race to sign him at the end of this season is hotting up, Everton are preparing a £9million bid for the striker but they will face competition from Serie A side Fiorentina and potentially Avram Grant at West Ham.

I think should David Moyes manage to wrap up this deal it could be a good boost for them looking forward, the Merseyside club obviously don’t have the financially muscle to compete with some of the bigger sides in the Premier League, so it is vital that they identify targets like Sulejmani who can do a good job without them having to spend beyond their limits to strengthen their side.

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