You’d wonder why Everton would even consider adding another midfielder to their squad in the summer. Morgan Schneiderlin looks at home already on Merseyside, Tom Davies is improving by the game, James McCarthy appears to be back in favour and Mo Besic should be on the comeback trail after a long lay-off.
Furthermore, the evergreen Gareth Barry has at least another year left in those 35-year-old legs.
Nonetheless, that has not stopped the likes of Danish international Thomas Delaney and Belgian wonderkid Youri Tielemans being linked with a move to Goodison Park. And, according to the Daily Mirror, Hamburg enforcer Walace is also on the omnipresent Everton radar despite only joining the Bundesliga strugglers in January for £8 million.
The Brazilian, a gold medal winner at the Rio Olympics, had inspired quite a turnaround at Hamburg since his switch from Gremio, scoring in a stunning 3-0 away win at pacesetters RB Leipzig although an 8-0 thrashing at the hearts of the Bayern machine has, understandably, stalled his progress somewhat.
Nonetheless, Walace’s agent insists that, although his client had talked with Everton, as well as Stoke City and Leicester before signing for Hamburg, it is not set in stone that he will be leaving in the summer.
“Before we finished negotiating with Hamburg, we talked to some of these clubs, Rogerio Braun told Sport Witness. “We know there is the interest. Anyway, Walace ended up going to Hamburg.
He’s now a Hamburg player, 100% focused on Hamburg. We haven’t bothered to listen to more offers, to try to leave Hamburg.”
It sounds as if Everton may have missed their opportunity. Though they are hardly crying out for midfield reinforcements.