Toffees join a host of clubs keeping tabs on Anderlecht’s Cheikhou Kouyaté
According to the Belgian press Everton have joined a number of other European and English clubs showing interest in Anderlecht’s Senegalese born Cheikhou Kouyaté.
Everton representatives watched from the stands as 24-year old Kouyaté, dubbed the ‘new Yaya Toure‘ by former Anderlecht player and
club icon Jef Jurion, delivered a man-of-the-match performance in Anderlecht’s 4-0 victory over Racing Genk.
Throughout his 5-years at the Brussel’s club, 6ft 4in Kouyaté has been predominately operating as a centre-half but has impressed in a midfield anchor role since the turn of the year.
Strong on the ball, Kouyaté reads the game well and is known for his surges forward, persuading Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi to use the commanding Kouyaté in a role further up the pitch.
Cheikhou Kouyaté, who according to various reports has been watched in the last 18 months by the likes of PSG, Arsenal, Liverpool and CSKA Moscow, made his international debut for Senegal in 2012, this despite interest from the Belgian FA.
Everton scouts were reportedly joined in the stands on Sunday by representatives of West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion, Galatasary and CSKA Moscow.
Meanwhile, with the future of free-agent Gareth Barry far from clear, it seems Roberto Martinez is busy prioritising the holding midfield role for Everton’s 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
It is understood Everton have been scouting several Portuguese league games this season and have continued keeping close tabs on Porto’s Brazilian born midfielder Fernando. The player, who is currently going through the process of acquiring Portuguese nationality, was thought to be high on Roberto Martinez’s list last summer.
According to The Mail Martinez was close to signing the player last season, with the Everton boss going as far as attending a work permit hearing in London for the player nicknamed ‘the octopus‘ after reportedly having agreed a £15 million deal for Fernando with the Portuguese giants last September.