Everton fan pages have been discussing and sharing the news that the Toffees were in talks to sign Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek.
The player’s agent, Guido Albers, had spoken to Ziggo Sport [via The Athletic] and admitted that late interest from Everton had seen talks progress over a move the day before deadline day.
However, United blocked the move with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly still viewing the Dutch international as a part of his plans for the season.
“We had conversations with Solskjaer and the board. We took the initiative to find a club and our search ended up at Everton. We opened talks with Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri.
“They don’t have a ‘10’ over there with both James & Sigurdsson having problems. The package was complete & everything was good. Then on Monday, we got a call from Solskjaer who told us a transfer was out of question & to report to training the next morning.”
The news was shared by The Everton End (@TheEvertonEnd) on Twitter, with one user offering the opinion that “there’s a player in [van de Beek]. He needs to leave to revive his career. I’d love him at Everton.”
Twitter: | Donny Van De Beek had all but completed a move to Everton in the summer.
| Guido Albers (Van De Beek’s agen… https://t.co/tIcaA1h3ik (@TheEvertonEnd)
Twitter: There’s a player in DVDB. He needs to leave to revive his career. I’d love him at Everton. https://t.co/8LiRWiPtRg (@TacticallyEv)
The 24-year-old joined in a £39 million deal last summer but struggled to hold down a regular spot in United’s plans.
He has started just four Premier League games since his arrival, and it has not always been entirely clear as to where he fits in with the squad as a result.
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In many regards, rejecting a move for the Dutchman is a curious move by United. Value is clearly seen in him remaining with the squad, yet his bit-part role speaks to an impasse regarding his future.
Comparatively, he has just a lone goal and two assists in 36 United outings. Clearly, he has a track record of talent but a loan move to Everton could have issued him a place back in the limelight.
Consistency could be the key to re-igniting his career, and the Toffees will be disappointed to miss out on the talent.