Ligue 1 star Jonathan Clauss has admitted that moving to the Premier League is a ‘dream’ amid reported interest from Everton and West Ham United, while speaking to RMC Sport.
Lens teammate Gael Kakuta said back in September that Clauss had ‘activated Beckham mode’ when rattling a picture-perfect free-kick into the top corner of the Lorient net.
But it is not just from deadball situations where Clauss seems to channel Ol’ ‘Golden Balls’ himself. Blessed with a wand of a right foot, there is no better crosser of a ball in Ligue 1, the rampaging right-back sharing Beckham’s unrivalled ability to stick a ball on a sixpence.
Forget ‘Bend it like Beckham’. It is all about ‘Curve it like Clauss’ over in France.
The late-blooming 29-year-old is one of the main reasons why Lens – a side only promoted back to the top-flight in 2020 – are currently second in the table, grabbing onto PSG’s coattails while looking down disdainfully on their more-moneyed rivals Lyon, Marseille and Monaco.
As such, a man who was going about his business for lower league outfit Quevilly-Rouen as recently as 2018 could soon be rewarded with his big break on the other side of the Channel, Everton and West Ham having expressed an interest in taking him to England (Homme du Match).
Is Jonathan Clauss France’s answer to David Beckham?
“Would I like to play in a new country?” Clauss mused. “Let’s say England. England; it makes you dream.”
Clauss was linked with a shock move to Chelsea back in May, via Kicker.
Should Thomas Tuchel’s European champions step up their interest, this may be opportunity too good to turn down.
“Since I was kid, (my dream has been to play for) Chelsea. (My dream club) remains Chelsea,” he added.
As it stands, however, Everton appears to be the most likely destination – at least in comparison to West Ham.
Because, while David Moyes has Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks to choose from – and that is not including highly-rated youngster Harrison Ashby – Everton are crying out for some added competition on the right side.