Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rodriguez to WBA, Brahimi to Everton
Everton have been linked with a move for FC Porto’s Algerian attacker Yacine Brahimi.
Ronald Koeman’s side have picked up four points from their first two games of the Premier League season and new signings Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie have arrived, with only John Stones departing.
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According to Sky Sports the Toffees are in positive talks with Porto over signing Brahimi but the 26-year-old may not want to move to Goodison Park as he’s skeptical about not playing in the UEFA Champions League. However Porto did not name Brahimi in their UCL squad for the second leg of their play-off against AS Roma.
He can play out wide or through the middle and has scored 21 goals in 85 appearances for Porto, but do Everton really need another attacking player? With Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, Arouna Kone and Bolasie around, plus the news breaking on Saturday that Romelu Lukaku will stay at Goodison for at least another season, Koeman has a wealth of attacking options.
Perhaps he should focus on strengthening in defense but reports suggest Lamine Kone is close to joining Everton, plus Joe Hart could also arrive. Busy, and exciting, times ahead at Everton with new owner Farhad Moshiri certainly sticking to his word that he will invest heavily.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Jay Rodriguez, 27, could be heading on loan to West Bromwich Albion from Southampton.
Per the report, West Brom and Saints are in positive talks and the latter would like Rodriguez to get regular minutes in the PL but he still remains in Claude Puel’s long-term plans.
The English forward suffered a horrendous ACL rupture in 2014, just a month before he was set to be named in England’s squad for the 2014 World Cup. He scored 15 goals in 33 outings for Saints in 2013-14 but has only played a handful of games since. Rodriguez came on as a late sub last Friday at Manchester United but with Nathan Redmond, Dusan Tadic, Shane Long and Charlie Austin around at St Mary’s, he may seem minutes hard to come by. He really needs them after over two years of injury horror.
Rodriguez would be a great pick-up for West Brom who need more attacking output and his pace on the break would suit the way Tony Pulis sets his team up.