Goodison Park side look good to land Ajax goal-scorer.
Everton are closing in on former Tottenham misfit Mounir El Hamdaoui, according to reports in Holland.
The Moroccan has fallen out of favour at Ajax after an argument with manager Frank De Boer and is yet to appear for the Eredivisie giants this season.
Birmingham were hoping to seal a deal for El Hamdaoui, while Fulham manager Martin Jol has also been linked with a move for the striker he signed while in charge at Spurs and Ajax.
But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims it is Everton who are now most likely to land him before the transfer window shuts – although there is also interest from Spain, Italy and France.
It is understood that the 27-year-old would join David Moyes’ side on a loan deal until the end of the season when the manager could buy him for an agreed £5m fee.
Dutch born Morocan international Mounir El Hamdaoui spent a year at White Hart Lane but didn’t play a single minute of competitive football for the North London side but it seems that David Moyes is looking to correct that statistic and a move for the 27 year old could be a useful, inexpensive, way to boost the Toffees fairly limp attacking options.
Everton have managed just 22 goals in 22 Premier League matches and Moyes has watched as his top striker, Louis Saha consistently fail to deliver the goods this term, netting just one goal in 18 Premier League matches. The club’s lack of firepower has been compounded by the fact that the usually reliable Tim Cahill has also hit a run of poor form, the Aussie managing just one goal himself this season.
El Hamdaoui has been a consistent marksman in the Eredivisie, netting 64 goals in the last three seasons. If he can be bought for a fee of just £5m then such a deal could represent a real bargain and given the lack of funds available to Moyes, such a deal would be doubly rewarding.
Everton are set to sell Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow David Moyes appears to have been handed a transfer fund boost that he will hope could help bring in an addition or two before the transfer window shuts next week, to help push his Merseyside club back towards the top six and away from drop zone.