What The Papers Say - 25 May
Blues linked with a striking duo in today's newspapers.
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Everton boss David Moyes is chasing FC Copenhagen’s £6million-rated Senegalese striker Dame N’Doye – but will have to sell to bid.
This week Moyes sent two top spies to watch the 27-year-old hitman score against Silkeborg as Copenhagen played their last game of the campaign.
N’Doye will be up for sale in the summer – and the Goodison chief is looking closely at him as he tries to bring in more firepower. N’Doye has been a prolific goalscorer for two years and looks made for the Premier League.
However, Moyes has been told he will have to raise funds before he can buy, with a full-time deal for Tottenham’s Steve Pienaar also in his sights.
Scouts from Everton, Sunderland, Reading, Fulham and Ipswich were in Lillestrom last night to check out Icelandic striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, 21.
The £4m-rated forward has scored 11 goals in as many games in Norway.
EVERTON are leading the race to sign highly-rated Icelandic international striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson.
The Blues have opened talks with Lillestrom over a deal worth up to £3m for the pacy forward, who has scored 11 goals in 11 games for the Norwegian side this season.
Sigurdarson, 21, was watched by Everton scouts on Sunday, when he scored the only goal in the last minute of Lillestrom’s home clash with Sogndal, and increasing interest from Wolves, Reading and Anderlecht has prompted the Toffees to move swiftly.
Wolves had been thought to be favourites, with their new Norwegian boss Stale Solbakken particularly keen to recruit a striker dubbed the hottest property in his homeland.
But Everton have moved to the front of the queue, as they bid to continue their policy of buying reasonably-priced young players with potential, like Apostolos Vellios, Magaye Gueye and Seamus Coleman.
Toffees scouts watched the 6ft 1in hit-man again last night as his side were in action against Aalesunds, and it is hoped he could provide the potential number 10 David Moyes wants to supplement Nikica Jelavic in attack.
Moyes’ squad has already lost three attacking players since the season ended, with Argentine striker Denis Stracqulursi being allowed to return to his club, Tigre, James McFadden’s contract not being renewed and Royston Drenthe having previously been jettisoned.
So while pursuing a permanent move for Steven Pienaar remains the priority for the Blues’ boss, the chance to snap up a player compared to a younger Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a small fee is deemed worthwhile.
Sigurdarson is from a family of professional footballers, with his three half-brothers, Bjarni Guðjónsson, Þórður Guðjónsson, and Joey Guðjónsson, all winning caps for Iceland.
The striker’s agent, Jerry de Koning, has previously told the Express & Star in Wolverhampton that he was aware of the Black Country club’s interest in his client.
“I think he needs to look at his squad first and see who will stay and who will go,” he said. “But if he wants Sigurdarson, he can’t wait too long.”
SYLVAIN DISTIN will remain an Everton player next season after describing playing for the club as “a pleasure”.
The 34-year-old is set for another season at Goodison after his contract, which expired this month, was renewed for another 12 months.
Veteran defender Distin, who was awarded the club’s Players’ Player of the Season gong earlier this month, made 33 appearances last season.
Asked if his end of season award would give him a lift for next season, he said: “I don’t need any boost to go into next season. I love my job and I know how lucky I am to do this kind of job.
“I want to carry on as long as I can. I don’t need a boost.
“No matter what happens, you can be sure I’ll be there the next day.
“It’s a good squad here with a great atmosphere. I feel so comfortable with the lads, so it’s a pleasure.”
Of his award, he added: “I’ve won one or two before, but this one has a special flavour.
“It’s special because they are the guys who see you working every single day.
“You can’t fake, you can’t hide, you can’t lie – they are there every single day.
“Guys like Baines, Fellaini, Heitinga, Jagielka, Howard – there’s a lot of quality in this squad.”
Distin’s season was only marred by a costly error in the FA Cup semi-final which lead to Liverpool’s equaliser at Wembley.
And Distin added: “That split-second in the semi-final represents nothing compared with the whole season but is still something that I keep in the back of my mind. That takes more importance than the whole season to me, personally.
“I’m passionate about my job, I love my job but I only focus on the bad things I do, never the good things.
“It did hurt me, but I bounced back – I had to and I’m happy I did.”