Marcel Brands appears to have broken ground in a bid to bring Nimes Olympique attacker Denis Bouanga to Everton this summer, as per Mohamed Toubache-Ter.
The French football journalist has reported that we are one of a number of sides to have made our interest known to the Ligue 1 outfit, after he struck seven goals and three assists in his first top-flight campaign, having joined Nimes from Ligue 2 side FC Lorient last summer for €3million (£2.6m).
Bouanga kept his hand in the action during his 31 minutes of Coupe de la Ligue action as well, with the 24-year-old’s 15 minutes against Saint-Etienne in the Third Round returning his only goal of the competition to send the tie into Extra-Time.
TransferMarkt now note the Lorient product has doubled his transfer value in the past year, although it remains to be seen whether Nimes also value Bouanga at £5.4million, as the 11-cap Gabon international signed a three-year contract worth £5,719-a-week when he joined the Stade des Costieres side.
Les Crocodiles can also play on the fact the right-footed attacker is attracting the interest of PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, FC Nantes, Fiorentina, Leicester City and us in any negotiations, although, as of present, nothing has developed beyond initial contact.
The winger – who played predominantly on the left-flank of Bernard Blaquart’s side – has also not decided yet whether he wishes to find a new home abroad or not, but may take solace in how well his compatriots Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina have fared in the Premier League.
Our emerging interest in Bouanga may also be down to Olympique Lyonnais forward Memphis Depay rejecting our advances before the ball really got rolling, while his side value fellow reported target Bertrand Traore at €40million (£35.6m).