Everton fall behind West Ham United in pursuit of free agent as Hammers table an offer

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Frank Lampard is keen on upgrading his midfield and bringing a playmaker capable of creating chances for the poachers to feed on. Previously, James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson did that job but in absence of the aforementioned creators, Everton have lacked imagination. Lampard is attempting to solve that problem with Christian Eriksen.

The 30 year old made a return to English football with Brentford in January, signing a short term deal until the end of the season. The 30 year old played 11 games, scoring once and assisting four goals and was a key contributor in terms of chance creation for the Bees.

His deal with Brentford expires in June and it is certain that Eriksen will not renew with Thomas Frank’s side despite being offered a long term contract. There is no shortage of suitors for the Danish playmaker as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and West Ham United are some of the clubs chasing his signature.

Eriksen has made it clear that he’s looking for an exciting project and Champions League football isn’t essential which keeps Everton in the mix given that the Toffees are not in contention to offer any sort of intercontinental football at the moment.

West Ham United table offer for Everton target Christian Eriksen

While Eriksen is still weighing his options, West Ham seem to have edged ahead in the race as the Hammers have made an official offer to the former Spurs midfielder, as per the Daily Mail print edition (via West Ham Zone).

Manchester United have already made an offer for the free agent. The Toffees seem to be slipping behind and they will need to act quickly if Eriksen is a serious target. Everton have already wrapped up one free transfer, signing James Tarkowski. Signing Eriksen on a Bosman deal could become one of the best deals of the summer.

However, the club will have to beat immense competition from clubs and England and abroad. Eriksen is one of those players that can unlock the defence with perfectly weighted passes and serve mouth-watering deliveries to strikers on a silver plate. His deliveries from dead ball situations can give nightmare to defenders and he’s the man who can bring that spark of imagination that Everton have been missing.

On the financial front, Everton are trying to offload players like Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina, in order to generate funds for the rebuild. Signing Eriksen for free will help Everton save big money which can be utilized in other transfers.

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