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Former Everton and Aston Villa target compared to €84m strike-force in France

Wissam Ben Yedder can have as good a season as Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Edinson Cavani according to reports in France.

Both Premier League outfits, Everton and Aston Villa, were heavily linked with a January move for Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder in 2012.

The young former French international Futsal player had caught the eye in the South of France but in the end the under-21 international stayed at Toulouse until the end of the season.

And what a season the attacker had. He scored 15 goals last season - his best return yet - so at the end of the campaign there was expected to be plenty of teams bidding for his services.

But while the phone has rang at the Toulouse offices in enquiry for the services of Etienne Capoue the blower has not buzzed once for Bin Yedder.

Which surprises me … and clearly surprises the French press who were today gushing over the young man.

He has even been mentioned in the same breath as Paris Saint-Germain superstars Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The €64 million and €20 million signings now force a deadly strike-force at the Parc des Princes but it was commented today that next season Ben Yedder could get very close to their goalscoring exploits in the Violet of Toulouse.

The comparison was also made by someone in the know - Adrien Rabiot. The young French youth international played with both Toulouse and PSG recently.

For Premier League teams interest is a must. He is a beguiling footballer on the pitch and his form last season deserves the high merit he is now being regarded in.

Everton and Aston Villa may not have taken a shot at him in January but when a fisherman drops his catch - it is after all still in the same water. 

And Ben Yedder is seemingly happy to get caught again:

"Today, I am still far away from them, we'll talk about in a while ... I'll be waiting around but it motivates me. I confirm interest. It will be difficult but I'm not worried. "

Here he is in action…

image: © christophe pelletier

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