The Daily Mail has reported that Everton is set to launch a new £21 million bid for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko during the January transfer window. Everton supporters have long dreamt of securing the services of the talented 26-year-old, and indications are that Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is just as adamant an admirer.
Yarmolenko is one of the brightest stars in the Ukraine Premier Liga, having racked up 13 goals and eight assists in all competitions this season. Primarily a right winger, Yarmolenko has seen significant time at left wing, a position of some concern for Everton. The Toffees have cycled Arouna Kone, Tom Cleverley, Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar through the position, with mixed results.
The Ukrainian International signed a contract extension with Dynamo Kiev in October, but has made it clear that he would still be open should the right offer come along. He has repeatedly stated his desire to play in one of the major European leagues, with the Premier League being his most likely destination.
The reported £21 million bid is a significant upgrade over the £15 million the Toffees were offering during the summer transfer window. Speculation abounds that at least some of that additional could be recouped by the sale of Steven Naismith to Norwich for £8 million. Everton rejected a similar bid from Norwich over the summer, but with the Scottish striker's unhappiness over his recent playing time, the time may be right for a deal.
Everton supporters are sure to be frothing at the mouth over an attacking line consisting of Yarmolenko, Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu, but the club may not be the only one in competition for his services. Both Arsenal and Chelsea were previously rumoured to have interest. In addition, its also unknown if Kiev would be willing to sell their star player midway through a Champions League run.
If Toffees fans remain optimistic about his acquisition, they should do so quietly.