Rumours began circulating last week that Phil Brown was targeting FC Twente’s left-winger Eljero Elia, and today the News of the World spice up the story claiming that David Moyes “is confident of winning the race” for the flying Dutchman.
Questions have to be asked of the links connecting the Toffees with a mooted Â£3.5 million bid in the January transfer window, after it emerged last week that the seemingly cast-iron capture of Egyptian Emad Meteb was pure folly, even though paper-talk fuelled by the player’s agent’s announcement suggested that a deal with Everton was imminent. In the end it was left to David Moyes to deny the story.
With Everton named as one of the clubs primed for a takeover, it is fanciful to think that large sums of money are lying around in the new year, however should they have a spare few million to help bolster their squad, then Eljero Elia is a worthwhile investment.
Elia, who can play as a forward but is normally found out wide on the left, made a positive impression at Eastlands in the UEFA Cup, scoring the opener for Steve McClaren’s side on the night. And this was by no-means a one-off night for the 21-year-old, who has managed to chip in with an impressive five goals in fifteen games for Twente this season.
Interest in Elia is further stimulated by the knowledge that his current deal expires in 2010. Reports suggest that Twente would like to tie the winger down to a new deal, however knowing that in near future the player could walk out of the club on a free, there looks to be an opportunity to sign the upstart at the right price.
Elia is equipped to be a success in the Premier League. Pacey, technically sound, young and with an eye for a goal, most teams in the division could greatly benefit from his services.