Everton have already splashed the cash this summer signing three players, but the transfer rumours continue unabated with the Blues now apparently monitoring a Colombian striker.
The influx of South American talent to Goodison Park in recent seasons, has given Everton a strongly Latin flavour and now according to some reports, the Toffees aren’t finished trying to recruit players from that continent.
We’ve already had repeated stories that the Blues want to strike a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Colombian right-back Santiago Arias although that one might not now happen.
German website Bild claim Everton are the English club interested in tempting yet another Colombian, the striker Jhon Cordoba, away from his current home, FC Koln.
Cordoba has been an important player for the Bundesliga outfit recently, but this story claims that he is reluctant to sign a new contract and that he is open to a move away. The club are also willing to listen to offers for him, despite his key role in keeping them up last season.
In that campaign he bagged 13 goals for Koln and has managed 37 in 86 appearances for the German club, not a bad return. Cordoba also chips in with a fair few assists too.
He usually plays at centre-forward but can also operate on the right side of the forward line so he offers some versatility and would be an option in what has been a problem position for the Blues.
the German outfit probably want around £10-15 million for the player, which sounds reasonable, but would almost certainly be more than the Toffees are willing or able to play for anyone now unless two or three other players depart for fees.
The Colombian is quite like another forward player that Everton have also been tentatively linked with in the past: Bournemouth’s Joshua King.
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They are both of a similar height, build and age and can play several different positions up front, although Cordoba had a better goal return in the last season than his Norwegian counterpart.
If he did come to Goodison Park it would feel like a home from home, with at least two other compatriots already there in Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez and possibly a third if full-back Santiago Arias does join them!
Well of course this story, like so many others, probably doesn’t have any legs to it.
Signing a striker isn’t one of Carlo Ancelotti’s priorities, he’s basically sorted out his midfield and if there are any more additions they will likely be players at the back.
Ideally I would like to see a bit more pace in the team’s attack and perhaps another forward to offer a bit of competition and added goal threat. But I would imagine any deals of that sort being considered would only be loans.