Everton could hold talks over a Goodison Park move for Eintracht Frankfurt star Daichi Kamada ‘further down the line’, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Toffees have gone into the break from domestic football sitting just one point clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone, but boss Frank Lampard will be given an opportunity to bolster his squad during the January window.
What’s the latest news involving Kamada?
According to German media outlet Fussball Transfers, Everton are looking to lure Kamada to the Premier League and have enquired about the possibility of striking a deal.
The report suggests Villarreal and Benfica are also showing an interest in the 26-year-old, who has been on Frankfurt’s books since joining from Sagan Tosu in 2017, but his current employers have put fresh terms on the table in a bid to keep him on board.
Borussia Dortmund are providing further competition after entering the race for Kamada, who had a £26million price tag last year.
However, Frankfurt are at risk of losing their playmaker without securing a transfer fee as his £33,480-per-week deal is due to expire next summer.
That means the 21-cap Japan international could sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club when he enters the final six months of his commitment to the Bundesliga side in January.
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What has Dean Jones said about Kamada?
Jones believes there is a possibility that Everton will head to the negotiating table and attempt to lure Kamada to Merseyside.
However, the journalist feels the Toffees need to improve their position in the Premier League if they want to get their man.
With the likes of Dortmund, Villarreal and Benfica in the hunt for Kamada’s signature, he fears Everton could be snubbed if they are still in danger of the drop.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I can see it being a conversation to have further down the line, but it’ll depend where they measure up against the other teams.”
Would Kamada be a good signing for Everton?
Kamada will be involved in the World Cup, having been selected by Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu, and Everton boss Lampard is likely to run the rule over him during the tournament.
During the opening half of the season, the attacking midfielder has shown that he can be a major threat after notching 12 goals and four assists in 22 outings.
Having won the Europa League last term, where he was a key component of Frankfurt’s side and described as ‘exceptional’ after his match-winning performance against West Ham United, Kamada has adjusted seamlessly to the rigours of Champions League football.
He is set to go into the knockout stages of the competition having got his name on the scoresheet every 173 minutes, while he has also played his part defensively by averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 0.7 clearances per game.
Those statistics emphasise that Kamada would make Everton a force and Lampard, who was appointed as the club’s manager in January, should pounce.
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