Canada coach John Herdman labelled Cyle Larin a ‘predator’ after the reported Everton and West Ham United target put Bermuda to the sword with a brilliant hat-trick, as reported by Sporx.
As the Ontario-born hitman completed his 50-minute treble in World Cup qualifying, it was difficult not be reminded of what the legendary Kaka once said about his former Orlando City teammate.
“I think Cyle can go far,” the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told MLS Soccer back in 2018. “I think Cyle can play in a big team in Europe.”
With all due respect to Besiktas, a Turkish footballing powerhouse who snapped up Larin two years ago, could Kaka’s prediction be about to come true this summer?
According to Sabah, West Ham offered £9 million for Larin in January and are likely to make a new bid when the transfer window opens again in a few months.
Premier League rivals Everton are also keen and, if Fanatik are to be believed, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have an ace up their sleeve; one that could blow West Ham out of the water.
The report claims that Everton will offer Cenk Tosun, the Besiktas legend who returned to Istanbul on loan in January, as a makeweight in a deal that would see Larin swap the Turkish capital for Goodison Park.
Besiktas were reluctant to sell their star striker in January with the Turkish title on the line. But the current league leaders are unlikely to stand in Larin’s way if he is given the chance to prove his worth in England once 2020/21 comes to an end.
The one-time MLS hitman did his burgeoning reputation no harm in Canada’s most recent World Cup qualifier; even if Bermuda, 169th in the FIFA World Rankings, are hardly stellar opposition.
“Cyle Larin is a predatory animal,” said Canada coach Herdman. “He has this ability – that’s why we recruited him.
“There is serious development in Cyle’s game,” adds captain and Besiktas team-mate Atiba Hutchinson. “This has enabled him to improve himself. Not just with his goals but also his work-ethic, his understanding of the game, his approach to the game has changed.”
According to Yeni Asir, Besiktas would sell Larin for £13 million this summer.