Moyes hoping to team up with Oviedo again at Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad boss David Moyes is planning to make a summer swoop for left back Bryan Oviedo from his former side Everton, who are even-money to finish in the top 10 this term, according to tabloid reports.
The 25-year-old Costa Rican was signed in 2012 for the Toffees (16/1 Europa League chances) by the Scot, and Moyes is said to be keen to reunite with the player again.
Oviedo is a native Spanish speaker, so would have no language issues in La Liga, as all but one in the current squad, Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogason, have it as their first language too.
If the left-sided star, who is also adept to playing on the winger and in defence midfield, were to join, he would have to battle it out for a first team place with the likes of Yuri Berchiche and Alberto de la Bella.
However, it may be in a role further up that Moyes would prefer to use Oviedo, as his side have struggled for goals this term, netting just once or less in 11 of their last 15 matches.
Formerly of Copenhagen, Oviedo is one of Costa Rica’s highest profile players, having made 26 caps for them so far, but was desperately unlucky to have missed out on the recent World Cup finals where his nation shocked everyone to reach the quarters.
He broke his leg whilst turning out for the Toffees in the FA Cup last term against Stevenage Borough, and only returned to first team action a few games into the new season.
Oviedo’s appearances for Everton have since been limited, due to being behind Leighton Baines in the pecking order, but has featured in five of the last seven Premier League matches, before sitting on the sidelines injured again.
Whether or not Moyes wants to take a risk by signing Oviedo, who has played little football over the past year, remains to be seen, but the ex-Manchester United manager has set his sights on bringing in talent from England.
Burnley striker Danny Ings is one who has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga to join Sociedad, but reports now suggest he will snub Spain to join Liverpool when his contract expires in the summer instead.