Everton are one of six Premier League clubs being linked with Benfica’s young Portuguese winger Hélder Costa who has been on loan with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship this season. Portuguese paper O Jogo are reporting that Everton are joined by Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham and Hull City in interest for the player.
The 23-year-old forward has had an excellent season so far, scoring nine goals and adding six assists, including a goal that knocked the Blues’ next Premier League opponents Stoke City out of the FA Cup in the Third Round.
The player is on loan for the whole season to Wolves, but Benfica reserve the right to cancel the loan should they receive an acceptable bid, with £13m being a number that’s mentioned.
Everton recently loaned out Gerard Deulofeu out to AC Milan, and with Yannick Bolasie out for the long-term, only have Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas as the only recognized wingers in the squad. The 3-5-2 system Ronald Koeman has been playing lately does not necessarily require wingers, but the Dutchman has also said that he will only add to his squad in the January transfer window if he can find players that add quality to the Toffees.
Costa is an interesting prospect, and not unlike Deulofeu in many ways. He is equally adept at playing on both wings, has some experience playing for Benfica’s B side, in France with Monaco and now in England with Wolves. He has racked up 29 goals and 29 assists in 135 appearances for his various clubs, and 15 goals in 66 Portuguese youth international appearances.
The Angola-born 23-year-old has fallen off the international scene for the Portugal team, but could be one of those sneaky buys that Steve Walsh has become famous for.