Rumour: Everton Open Talks With Utrecht Striker Haller

Everton have opened talks with FC Utrecht over the possibility of signing Sebastien Haller, according to the Daily Mail.

Blues boss Ronald Koeman is said to be an admirer of the striker, and will look to entice him to the Barclays Premier League.

Haller was the subject of failed bids from Swansea City and Norwich City in January, and is believed to have rejected a £14m move to Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan.

Koeman sees the 22-year-old as ideal competition for star forward Romelu Lukaku, and Haller is believed to be keen on linking up with Everton’s new manager at Goodison Park.

Haller netted 24 goals in 40 appearances for his club last term, taking his tally for the Dutch outfit to 35 in just 57 games over the past two seasons.

Haller originally plied his trade with Ligue 1 club Auxerre, breaking into the first-team set-up and bagging eight goals in 57 matches for the French side.

He was loaned to Utrecht in January 2015 and, following a successful loan spell, he joined the Netherlands side for a fee of around £1m.

And his form for Utrecht led to the club’s director, Wilco Van Schaik, heaping praise on the young attacker.

Earlier last season, Van Schaik said: “The boy is absolutely sensational.

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

Haller has been capped on 14 occasions by France’s Under-21 side, bagging nine goals in the process.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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