Everton have experienced a significant decline in form over the past few months, losing four of their last five Premier League matches.
That has led many fans to call for reinforcements to be drafted in during the January transfer window and one particular rumour has caught the eye of a number of supporters on social media.
According to AS Argentina, Everton are keen on bringing Colombia international Wilmar Barrios to Goodison Park – a transfer that could see the South American be brought in as a direct replacement for Idrissa Gueye, who is heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain.
Capped 17 times by his national side, Barrios certainly has the physical attributes to establish himself as the heir to Gueye’s role in the heart of Everton’s midfield but it is one particular incident at last summer’s World Cup that has led many fans to push for his signature.
During a Round of 16 defeat to England in Russia, Barrios gave close attention to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and exchanged a few words and elbows with the Reds skipper – which some Everton fans believe makes him the ideal recruit.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
This Wílmar Barrios is the one who butted Henderson in the World Cup and got sent off in the Copa Lib final. He’ll do for me.
— Paul (@ki1bride89) January 7, 2019
Yes, yes it was. SIGN HIM UP MARCEL
— Matt (@africansunset73) January 6, 2019
If the Barrios link pans out, he will be welcomed by all blues purely because of the "head-butt" (!) on Henderson in the WC ????
— Terry Peers (@terrypeers) January 6, 2019
Cracking player…! A real combative midfielder with a tough streak…would be a great addition if true….
— Kieran buckley (@Kieranbuckley5) January 6, 2019
Bit of bite in are midfield, bit of nastiness in to midfield and depth
— James Andrews (@stiflerbaby007) January 7, 2019
Very similar player to gana, we definitely wouldn’t play both so maybe there was something in the gana to PSG rumours
— Toff (@SDSfootball98) January 6, 2019
All for it if he can be an upgrade on what we have already because we certainly need improvement in our midfield.
— Peter Papadopoulos (@PeterPapadopo11) January 7, 2019
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