Despite reports to the contrary, Everton have been offered a promising transfer update from Fabrizio Romano regarding their chances of signing Joshua Zirkzee.

The Toffees have previously been reported as an interested party in taking the Dutch-born Bayern Munich striker on loan with an option to buy the player but faced heavy competition from Parma.

Zirkzee has impressed both at youth and senior level for the Bavarian giants since his £135,000 move from Feyenoord in 2017.

Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands was in a similar role at Feyenoord during the youngster’s emergence for the Rotterdam club’s youth team and could reunite with the player at Goodison Park.

Zirkzee has scored four goals and supplied one assist at senior level for Bayern, but it is at youth level where he especially appears to be a top talent in the making.

He has scored 16 goals and provided nine assists in 19 appearances for the under-17 side, with a further 16 goals and four assists in 21 appearances for the under-19s as well as six goals and nine assists in 32 appearances for Bayern Munich II. [Transfermarkt]

Still just 18 years of age, he appears to have a natural instinct for scoring and setting up his teammates.

Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, speaking on his ‘Here We Go’ podcast, claimed that Everton fans should not give up hope of missing out on the striker:

I want to update because of Everton fans asking me every day about Zirkzee from Bayern Munich.

Italian club Parma are still trying but Everton are interested, so interested. I know that Everton are denying this move, just [so] they can try to do something like finding an opportunity for this guy.

So, there is nothing completed yet and they want to be 100% sure on Zirkzee. So, at the moment, there is nothing completed. But, Everton and Parma are in the race for Zirkzee. So, pay attention to Everton and Parma.

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Parma could offer a more obvious route to regular game-time than Everton for Zirkzee, but the lure of the Premier League may prove too great for the youngster.

Romano’s well-placed comments should inspire hope for the Toffees that they can still land the rising Dutch talent.