Ilija Nestorovski is perfect for Koeman's Everton but Atletico Madrid seem smitten

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The Palermo striker has defied the odds, and his team's general lack of quality, to pique the interest of Everton and Atletico Madrid.


As Gerard Deulofeu discovered the hard way, anything shy of 100 per cent effort and commitment is not going to go down too well with Everton boss Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman desires perspiration as much as inspiration so the front man with a true warrior’s spirit will feel right at home at Goodison Park.

Tuttomercatoweb report that Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski’s fine form for Serie A relegation fodder Palermo has not gone unnoticed with the Toffees closely monitoring the Macedonian’s rapid rate of progress.

Plucked from the relative obscurity of Croatian first division club Inter Zapresic last summer for just shy of £500,000 according to Gol, the 26-year-old has been a positive anomaly in another turbulent season for Palermo, netting nine of their 21 Serie A goals.

However, it is not just his efficiency which has endeared him to the club’s understandably dissatisfied fan base. Nestorovski cares. He wears his heart on his sleeve, fights from the first minute to the last and, even as his side were being roundly trounced by Juventus in a 4-1 defeat on Friday, still found the time to test Gianluigi Buffon with a sharp snap-shot from a seemingly impossible angle.

No wonder Koeman is keen. However, according to Calciomercato, he may have to compete with a manager who demands every inch of the Vicente Calderon turf to be soaked by blood, sweat and tears.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The publication claims that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been seduced by Nestorovski’s breathless performances and, with Fernando Torres’ future beyond the end of the season uncertain, the striker has forced his way onto their radar.

A number of big name strikers, from Jackson Martinez and Mario Mandzukic, have toiled at Atletico under Simeone but Nestorovski is a man after the Argentine's heart.

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