The in-demand midfielder, linked with both Everton and West Ham, may be forced to remain with Udinese after his injury.

Just yesterday, Calciomercato reported that Seko Fofana’s stand-out performances for Udinese had caught the eye of both Everton and West Ham United.

The 21-year-old, let go by Manchester City in the summer after three years in their academy, has been one of the most impressive midfielders in Serie A this season, his driving runs from deep causing no end of problems as Udine restricted Champions elect Juventus to a draw on Sunday.

However, any hopes Fofana may have harboured about returning to the Premier League this summer may have been wrecked with Football Italia reporting that he faces three months on the sidelines after suffering a broken fibula in an accidental collision against Max Allegri’s league leaders.

Consequently, Fofana will certainly miss the remainder of the Serie A campaign but could be back in time for pre-season if all goes to plan, meaning Everton and West Ham could at least take some solace in knowing that the young midfielder may still have enough time to acclimatise to life at his new club if he was to make the move in the summer.

Then again, signing a player on the back of a major injury represents a risk. Though Everton and West Ham could reap the rewards if they take a gamble on Fofana, a direct, powerful enforcer capable of contributing both defensively and in the final third, boasting a career high five league goals this season.

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