Everton are interested in signing Andriy Yarmolenko, but may need to push through Steven Naismith’s sale before placing their offer.
Yarmolenko has long been linked with a move to England, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur thought to have sent scouts to monitor his progress in recent times. Despite this he remains in his homeland with Dynamo Kiev, where he has been since 2007 and for whom he has recorded an impressive 108 goals in 282 first team appearances.
The Ukraine international has helped Dynamo to two league titles and two domestic cups, and has been named Footballer of the Year on two occasions. He has also shown he can provide his best form on the European stage, and last season provided more assists than any other player in the UEFA Europa League, which served to place him further in the spotlight.
According to The Mail, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez is keen to lure the 26-year-old to Goodison Park during the January transfer window. However, whilst the Merseyside club are prepared to meet the £21million asking price for the winger, they will need to part-fund this by offloading from their current squad which is why they are hoping to force the sale of Naismith.
The Scotland international has struggled to establish himself in the Everton XI, despite hitting a memorable hat-trick against champions Chelsea earlier this season. Norwich City have been in talks with their Premier League rivals over a deal for the 29-year-old, and Martinez is hoping to conclude the £8million departure of the former Rangers star within the week.