Report: Everton favourites to land Haller

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman pose

Everton are richer than their rivals in the pursuit of Sebastien Haller, according to reports.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

Everton are leading the race to sign Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, according to France Football.

The Daily Star reported that Everton had entered into talks with the 22-year-old forward this week.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The Frenchman, who netted 19 times in the Eredivisie last term, is under contract with the Dutch outfit until 2019, meaning he will not come cheap.

He also has courted interest from other clubs but, according to France Football, Everton are better equipped financially to gazump their rivals over Haller.

The report goes on to claim that Nantes and Bordeaux are Everton's primary rivals, but more firepower might see manager Ronald Koeman prevail.

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Should it materialise, he is unlikely to be Romelu Lukaku's replacement. The Belgian - still at Everton, for the moment - scored 25 goals in all competitions last term and it would be a huge gamble if Koeman were to sell up and replace him with an unproven quantity.

Still, Koeman is likely to have a decent knowledge on the player. He left Dutch football in 2014 to join Southampton but the 53-year-old will have certainly retained a keen interest regarding who is dazzling in the Netherlands' top flight - and Haller is certainly among the division's leading lights, or so it would seem.

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