Artem Dzyuba explains why he rejected Everton move

General view of Everton crest on side of the stand ahead of the Premier League match between Everton FC and Fulham FC at Goodison Park on September 29, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Premier League outfit Everton have been linked with Zenit St Petersburg's Russian striker Artem Dzyuba.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia looks on during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Russia at Hampden Park on September 06, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba has admitted to Sport24 that he turned down a move to Everton earlier in the year – but a new addition to the Jorge Mendes agency is still being linked with a move to Goodison Park.

Dzyuba has dominated the gossip columns in recent days. Rianfan claimed that scouts from Everton, Wolves and Crystal Palace were at Hampden Park on Friday night to watch the 6ft 5ins target-man score as Russia all but ended Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020.

That was Dzyuba’s sixth goal in just five games for his country this year alone.

 

The 31-year-old shot to fame with a series of barnstorming performances as Russia shone at their own World Cup last summer and, speaking to Sport 24, he has admitted that he turned down the chance to join Everton eight months ago.

Though The Toffees do not appear to have given up just yet.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates with Stanislav Cherchesov, Head Coach of Russia after scoring his team's third goal  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia...

“Last winter, I could have gone, as I understand it, to Everton," he said. But I didn’t want to because in the winter it would be wrong (to leave).”

Everton are still lacking a centre-forward who combines aerial presence and quality in front of goal and Dzyuba, who has four goals and four assists already for Zenit this season, certainly has a bit of the Duncan Ferguson about him.

Zenit's Russian forward Artem Dzyuba celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between FC Zenit and Valencia CF at the Petrovsky stadium in St...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch