Everton could be busy in the transfer market in January.
Wayne Rooney’s form since leaving Everton in the summer and move to MLS side DC United has been emphatic, starring across the pond with 12 goals in 21 games – but one of his teammates should be next on Everton’s agenda.
Rooney, 33, has surpassed expectation since joining the club, with videos of an outrageous free-kick against Toronto and an unbelievable assist against Orlando City going viral.
But Rooney – who is set to return to the England set-up in a one-time match against USA on Wednesday – has played alongside an 18-year-old midfielder who has gone under the radar with Rooney’s impressing.
Chris Durkin has attracted scouts from all over Europe in recent matches, according to the Washington Post, after already clocking up 27 appearances for DC’s senior side.
Benfica and Hannover have had bids rejected for the American star, as per the report, with DC valuing their young star between £1.2million and £1.5million. It should convince Rooney’s former side to make a move.
Everton are renowned for their faith in youth, with plenty of youngsters getting their chance in the first team. In recent years, Dom Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny, Beni Baningime and Kieran Dowell have broken into the side.
Durkin, who already has plenty of senior football under his belt, certainly boasts the kind of talent required to break into the Everton side as have the likes of Davies and Baningime.
At such a bargain price, Everton have got to take a look at luring Durkin to Merseyside from Rooney’s DC United.