Date: 8th August 2019 at 12:41pm
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Everton are considering reigniting our dormant interest in PSV Eindhoven sensation Steven Bergwijn, if Crystal Palace reject our improved offer for Wilfried Zaha, according to Football Insider.

It has been reported that Director of Football Marcel Brands intends to improve on our advances for Zaha with an offer of £70million and Cenk Tosun, having seen a deal that included the Turkey international moving to Selhurst Park on loan waved away.

The Ivory Coast international remains our top target, but provisions are being put in place to cover the possibility of the Eagles rejecting our latest approach, as Marco Silva is intent on signing a top-class winger before the market slams shut at 17:00.

A source from within the club has allegedly told Football Insider that talks are underway at the club’s facilities over a potential move for Bergwijn, as Brands is a big admirer of the Netherlands international having worked with him at PSV.

It is suggested our Director of Football would use his contacts at the Eredivisie outfit to help our chances of making a move happen before Deadline Day comes to an end, although it remains to be seen how much they demand for the 21-year-old.

Bergwijn was a key part of the PSV side that finished as runners-up to Champions League Semi-Finalists Ajax in the Eredivisie last term, with the 5-cap international penning 14 goals and 12 assists, in a campaign that involved 28-goals in all competitions (15 scored, 13 assisted).

Brands’ admiration of the Amsterdam-born winger – capable of playing on either side – is not new, with reports in April suggesting the Dutchman had eyes on his compatriot ahead of a potential summer swoop should we lose Richarlison.

The Brazilian has not departed Merseyside, but Everton are certainly on the hunt for new wide midfielders, with Zaha, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and now Bergwijn evidently on our radar.

But Bergwijn would have to be available at the right price, as Brands addressed his appreciation for the attacker over the winter with Dutch publication Voetbal International.

“Look at [Naby] Keita at Liverpool. He was signed for more than €50m (£43.2m) from Leipzig, but is simply on the bench. Of course, [Hirving] Lozano and Bergwijn are interesting players, but €30million (£25.9m) for Hirving and €20m (£17.2m) for Steven, we will not pay that.

“For Richarlison, we have indeed paid a lot of money, but he is 21-years-old and has already shown it [his skills] in the Premier League. He is likely to deliver double [what we paid].”

 

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