Strange Everton, Wolves links to Artem Dzyuba now make sense

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.

Everton and Wolves reportedly want 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.

Scotland were downed by Russia striker Artem Dzyuba on Friday night – and he's now being linked with a move to the Premier League.

Dzyuba hit Russia equaliser before playing a big part in Stephen O'Donnell's equaliser to win the game, once again proving to be a menace.

The 31-year-old striker is tough to play against because of his huge 6ft 5in frame, and whilst he may not be particularly easy on the eye, he's been effective for some time.

 

With 52 goals in 138 games for Zenit St Petersburg before the start of this season, Dzyuba has been a decent goalscorer – and a move to England has been mooted.

Riafan reported over the weekend that both Everton and Wolves scouted Dzyuba in action, ahead of potentially moving to sign him in 2020.

That seemed somewhat bizarre. Dzyuba is in his 30's, and both Everton and Wolves are preferring to focus on young talents at the moment, making Dzyuba a somewhat surprise target.

Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film Ronaldo in central London on November 9, 2015.

However, there appears to be an explanation. Dzyuba recently signed with the Gestifute agency, which is run by Jorge Mendes, and the super-agent will be looking to get his client a move.

It feels like no big surprise that Everton and Wolves have suddenly been put out there as potential destinations, as the two teams have history with Mendes.

Wolves have Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho from Gestifute, and previously had Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro, whilst Everton have Andre Gomes from Mendes, working with him twice to secure him on loan and then permanently, so targeting those two teams as potential landing spots for Dzyuba suddenly makes sense.

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Marco Silva, Manager of Everton look on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at...

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