Everton ready to ‘hijack’ club’s pursuit of ‘phenomenal’ gem – Fabrizio Romano

Everton are looking to hijack Sevilla’s pursuit of a ‘phenomenal’ Premier League star.

Everton currently sit a single point above the relegation zone after a run of three successive defeats.

The Toffees have massively improved following a disastrous start to the campaign, but their ten-point deduction means there is still plenty of work to do to ensure they remain in the top flight.

As well as putting on impressive performances, Everton will know that they need to strengthen their troops in the January transfer window if they are to bolster their chances of staying up.

While they have been continuously linked with a number of attackers, they now appear to be turning their attention to the middle of the park.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Sean Dyche’s side are ‘trying to hijack’ Sevilla’s loan swoop for Hannibal Mejbri.

The Manchester United midfielder has been in talks with Sevilla after preferring a move to Spain over both Freiburg and Lyon, but there is ‘nothing done’ yet.

Hannibal enjoyed a highly successful loan spell with Birmingham City last season that saw him receive great praise from then-manager John Eustace.

The former coach said: “The way he has played in the last couple of games has been phenomenal.

“He has broken records for total distance [covered], all that kind of stuff.”

His form earned him Erik ten Hag’s attention and he has since made nine appearances for The Red Devils this term – including one start in the Premier League, one in the Champions League and a further two in the Carabao Cup.

Hannibal had his contract extended earlier this week but now looks set to leave on loan this month, while Everton will be eager to convince him to stay in England and make the short trip to Merseyside.

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Would Hannibal be a good signing for Everton?

Hannibal is certainly a promising midfielder and there is a clear reason why Manchester United offered him a new contract in the first place.

In his nine appearances so far this season, the 20-year-old has made ten tackles, two interceptions, two blocks, four successful dribbles, three aerial duels won and two key passes.

While young and still plenty to learn, Hannibal could be a really solid addition to Sean Dyche‘s ranks and could really bolster the midfield options.

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