Everton are not only trying to sign a striker but also a wide player to bolster their options on the flanks. The Toffees are looking at several wingers and evaluating various profiles as we enter the final 10 days of the winter transfer window. Shakhtar Donetsk winger Tete is attracting interest from the Merseysiders.
Everton’s wing department houses Demarai Gray, Anthony Gordon, Dwight McNeil and Andros Townsend. Townsend is still recuperating from a long term injury. Gray’s performances have been volatile, meanwhile, Gordon seems to be completely out of form, struggling to conjure anything impactful. The 21 year old is strongly linked to Newcastle United and the Magpies could indeed test Everton’s resolve in January.
McNeil has so far done little to dispel the notion of being one of the worst signings of the summer. He came in, in order to replace Richarlison but the former Burnley man has been very underwhelming. With little to no support arriving from the wings, the Everton attack has been heavily crippled.
EFC have signed Arnaut Danjuma (official announcement pending), who is capable of playing as a centre forward as well as a left winger. The Toffees have been linked to Dango Ouattara, who has moved to Bournemouth. Even Anthony Elanga is on Everton’s shortlist but Erik ten Hag has blocked a loan move to Goodison Park.
Everton monitoring Brazilian winger Tete
Back on the drawing board, EFC are still looking for wingers and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Tete is a player admired in the Everton offices. According to Daily Mail, Everton and Leicester City are monitoring the Brazilian speedster who is currently on loan at Olympique Lyon.
The Brazilian joined Lyon on loan in 2022 and has been flourishing in Ligue 1 since then. Lyon also have an option to make the move permanent in the summer of 2023 for £17.5 million. In 19 games this season, Tete has scored six goals and assisted another five. It is unclear if Lyon will activate their buy option in the summer.
The 22 year old winger seems keen on a move to Premier League and could be available in winter if an agreement can be reached with Shakhtar and Lyon. Apart from Everton and Leicester, even Nottingham Forest want to sign Tete to reinforce their wings.
The left footed Tete, operates on the right flank and is dangerous in 1v1 situations, thanks to his speed and agility. Tete surely is an intriguing player who can help the Merseysiders in their survival battle. However, signing him will not be an easy task given the asking price, the competitors and the intense negotiations involved. If EFC can pull it off, Tete could be a major coup.
Should Everton sign Tete?