Algeria may be heading home from the World Cup after a narrow loss to Germany in extra time but star midfielder Yacine Brahimi is already plotting a move away from current club Granada, with Everton among those linked to the 24-year-old.
Brahimi was a key component of the Fennec Foxes’ run to the second round, scoring in the 4-2 victory over Korea Republic and setting up fellow Premier League target Islam Slimani for Algeria’s crucial equaliser in the final group encounter with Russia.
And while Slimani continues to be linked with moves to the likes of West Ham and Newcastle United, his compatriot has also attracted plenty in the way of interest.
A regular with Granada in La Liga, Brahimi arrived in Spain from Ligue 1 side Rennes, moving to the unfashionable Primera Division club for £3 million.
Everton were rumoured to have already scouted the player with a view to tabling a bid, though they will most likely have to meet the £12 million release clause in the Algerian’s contact with the Spanish club, which currently runs until 2017.
However it would appear that Brahimi is in favour of a move, as quotes attributed to the player in the wake of their 2-1 loss to Germany seemed to suggest.
“In the last two years I have grown and matured,” he told reporters.
“My goal is to go to a more upscale club, but I still need to improve some things: my scoring, making assists and not just dribbling for the sake of dribbling.”
Something of a diamond in the rough, Brahimi’s raw talent and attacking prowess could make him the perfect addition to Roberto Martinez’s squad.
The Spaniard is keen to bolster Everton’s attacking options and with on-loan Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu unlikely to return to Goodison Park next term, the Algerian could be an excellent alternative.
Everton face some stiff competition for the player though, with Premier League top four rivals Tottenham also thought to have scouted the star last term.
And after impressing for Algeria at the World Cup, Martinez may want to prepare himself for a traditional post-World Cup transfer tussle.