Everton are casting their net far and wide for the summer transfer window.
Everton may not have been busy in the January transfer window, but they already appear to be planning for the summer transfer window.
Sportske Novosti now report that Everton sent a scout to watch Saturday’s game between Rijeka and Hajduk Split in Croatia’s top flight.
The game ended in a 0-0 draw, but it seems that Marcel Brands is casting the net far and wide in an attempt to bring talent to Goodison Park.
It’s unclear just who Everton may have been watching, and it’s a surprise to see them go back to Croatia so soon after Nikola Vlasic’s move, which hasn’t really paid off.
Hajduk left back Domagoj Bradaric is highly rated and is vice-captain at just 19, with the teenager a potential replacement for Leighton Baines and competition for Lucas Digne.
Another player who started for Hajduk was midfielder Hamza Barry, who picked up a late booking in the goalless draw.
In 2017, The Sun reported that Everton – whose transfers were then managed by Steve Walsh – wanted to sign Barry, but faced competition from David Moyes and West Ham United.
The Gambian international, 24, is an energetic, quick and all-action midfielder, and may just fit the bill as a budget replacement for Idrissa Gueye if he moves on this summer.
He may not be what Everton fans want, but the Toffees’ prior interest and return to Hajduk means he may be a possible target, even though Bradaric may fit the bill better given his huge potential.