Young Boys star Guillaume Hoarau in Premier League shop window against Everton

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Guillaume Hoarau made no secret of his desire to move to England over the summer and could get his wish if he continues to impress in the Europa League.

Everton enjoyed a favourable draw for the knockout phase of the Europa League, with the Toffees pitted against Swiss side Young Boys, however the match will also bring the club face-to-face with a former target who was dreaming of a Premier League move over the summer.

Standing at a mighty 6ft 4in, Guillaume Hoarau appears ready-made for the physicality of the Premier League, a division with a particularly penchant for targetmen of the Frenchman’s ilk.

A prolific marksmen in Ligue 1 during a spell with Paris Saint-Germain in the days before Qatar Sports Investments become involved with the club, Hoarau seemed ideal for a move to the likes of Stoke, West Ham or Queens Park Rangers.

Even Everton were once linked with a move for the one-time France international, who first caught the eye of the Parisiens in his younger days at Le Havre.

But with no offer forthcoming, Hoarau embarked on something of a nomadic spell in his career, with short stints at Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin and later Bordeaux to his name.

Over the summer it appeared that another move was on the cards with the 30-year-old striker in talks with Saint Etienne over a contract.

However one of Hoarau’s agents, Thierry Gras, admitted that the player had other ideas, revealing as much during an interview with Sky Sports over the summer.

"We had been talking to Saint-Etienne for some weeks about Hoarau coming in to replace Brandao and were forced to pass on a number of proposals during that time. But that's football and today, Guillaume remains a free agent," he said.

"It's true that we have spoken with Premier League clubs before about Guillaume, as his all-round game means he's suited to the league."

But whether suited to the division or not, a contract from a club in the English top-flight was not forthcoming and Hoarau ultimately opted to sign for Young Boys of Bern.

Yet the move has proven to be something of a blessing in disguise, with Hoarau rediscovering the form that made him hot property at PSG, having scored nine goals already for his new Swiss employers.

And while some may question the quality of opposition in the Swiss league, the fact of the matter is that many of Hoarau’s goals have come in the Europa League against quality opposition.

The 30-year-old netted in five of Young Boys’ six group stage matches, including decisive strikes against Napoli and Sparta Prague that helped his new club qualify for the knockout stages.

Now set to go up against Everton, Hoarau has scored as many goals as Harry Kane in the competition so far and while entering the twilight years of his career, the striker will be hoping two fine performances against the Toffees will convince some Premier League clubs to take a closer look.

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