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Everton pursuing French striker

Blues chasing youth international star

FC Utrecht v NAC Breda - Dutch Eredivisie
Sebastien Haller
Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Everton are said to be in talks with Sebastien Haller, who has had a sparkling season with Utrecht in the Eredivisie, being named the club’s Player of the Year. He ended up with 19 goals in 35 league games in the just concluded 2015-16 season, with 11 goals in 17 games while on loan the previous season from Auxerre, his first professional club. The 22-year-old striker has played over 45 games for Frannce’s youth international teams, scoring 21 goals in the process.

Over the last twelve months, he has turned down Norwich City and Swansea City, while the Daily Star claims that Tottenham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are all interested in the player as well.

Another British daily, The Mail, reported that Haller is looking for a move to the Toffees after rejecting a big-money switch to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League, where another Everton target Graziano Pelle is rumoured to be headed.

Utrecht director Wilco van Schaik has been very impressed with the forward’s progress, saying -

“The boy is absolutely sensational.

“We have him under contract for another three years, but anyone can see that he is doing brilliantly.”

Haller is a 6’2” striker who is reputed to be strong in the air and WhoScored have him listed as not having any significant weaknesses.

Sebastian Haller characteristics, courtesy of WhoScored