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Everton watching Midtjylland defender Sviatchenko

Denmark player drawing plenty of attention

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Even if John Stones stays with Everton through this transfer window, the Blues will need at least two more central defenders. If Ramiro Funes Mori does pass his medical and signs with the Toffees, then Everton will still be seeking at least one more player in that position. Whether they will look to blood a youngster like Mason Holgate or sign an established player remains to be seen, but with the window closing soon time and available players are in short supply.

The advantage of early European competition and transfer windows that shut after the season begins is that you have more time to scout players once the teams with billionaire owners are done scavenging your side. The Europa League has been one of those stages that less illustrious stages catch the eye, and FC Midtjylland has been one such team. The Danish club are taking on Southampton from the Premier League, and central defender Erik Sviatchenko won Man of the Match honours in the 1-1 draw.

Sviatchenko holds dual citizenship with Denmark and Ukraine where his father was born, but chose to play for the Danes. He has three goals in nineteen national youth apperances, and has been capped by the senior side twice. At 23, the player has amassed 116 appearances across different competitions, including Champions League and Europa League qualifiers. He has scored nine goals with seven assists in that time.

Apart from Everton, fellow Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Aston Villa are all rumored to be interested as well. The player has also drawn attention from French and German clubs too. Championship club Brentford is owned by Matthew Benham, and he has gone on record stating that he would gladly bring the player to Griffin Park with the Bees should a move to the Premier League not work out.