Everton targeting Man Utd raid for star who ticks two key Ancelotti boxes

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2020 3:57 - Jonny Whitfield

Jesse Lingard, Daniel James

Everton are considering a move for Manchester United winger Daniel James in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Toffees spent big in the recent market, with midfield a key area of focus. Manager Carlo Ancelotti recruited Napoli’s Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford, who have proved fantastic additions.

In defence, Ben Godfrey arrived from Norwich but James Rodriguez has made the most noticeable impact on his team. The Colombian has scored three times and assisted three other goals in seven Premier League appearances.

Indeed, his form has allowed striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to flourish this season. According to Football Insider, though, Ancelotti has noticed a footfall in his team’s attack.

Richarlison has missed his side’s last three top-flight games after a red card suspension he picked up against Liverpool. Since then, the Toffees have lost each fixture, scoring only two goals.

Indeed, the latter stat is significant given Calvert-Lewin’s explosive form of late. As such, Ancelotti is reportedly looking to tick two key boxes by adding ‘pace and penetration’ with James’ signing.

After their recent transfer outlay, though, the Blues could look to the loan market in January to bring the Wales international in.

James has slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford, making only five appearances in all competitions this season. What’s more, he has only started three of those matches.

Everton reportedly wanted to sign the 23-year-old last summer but United refused to do business. Nevertheless, the Toffees are supposedly gearing up to renew their interest.

The source adds, though, that it remains unclear whether United would sanction the winger’s move to a Premier League rival. Despite his lack of domestic minutes, he remains a key figure for Wales.

 

Ancelotti not focusing on January window

 

 

Amid the latest report, Ancelotti has insisted that he has not yet thought about winter transfers.

He made the comment after a question about his reported interest in Real Madrid midfielder Isco.

The Italian manager spoke out strongly against the links, saying that he has no interest in making a second raid on Los Blancos.

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