Rumour Reel: Koeman keen on Poland winger Grosicki for Everton ranks
Lee Gormley | June 29, 2016
Coral’s rumour reel
The official opening of the summer transfer window is only days away, while the quarter-final stage has been reached at Euro 2016 over in France, and many Premier League managers will soon be scrambling for swift business come July 1st.
Koeman keen on Grosicki for Toffees
One such boss will be Everton’s new man at the Goodison Park helm, Ronald Koeman, with the Dutchman reportedly keen on bolstering his inherited Toffees ranks with the signing of Poland international winger Kamil Grosicki.
The new Toffees tactician is said to be an admirer of Poland’s tricky wideman, with the Rennes attacker having starred in his country’s path to the quarter-finals on French soil this summer, and he would likely cost the Merseysiders around £10m.
Grosicki began his career in his native homeland before moving to Turkey to join Sivasspor in 2011 and arrived at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in 2014, where he struck nine times last season from wide positions. He will also soon aim to help his country overcome Portugal in their latest knockout clash at Euro 2016.
The 28-year-old would inject plenty of pace and directness into the Toffees attack next term, and reports from Poland would suggest a deal for right-footed Grosicki could move swiftly after talks with his agent started.
Villa fancy Lambert swoop
New Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is also hoping to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2016/17 Championship campaign, and the former Champions League winning coach with Chelsea has outlined West Bromwich Albion frontman Rickie Lambert as a potential target.
The former Liverpool misfit is now 34 years of age but the newly-appointed Villans coach still believes Lambert has what it takes to fire the club back to the top flight, despite netting just four times in his last two seasons.
It’s the former Southampton sharpshooter’s second-tier experience that appeals to Di Matteo and, after striking just once in 19 appearances for the Baggies, such a move would seem to benefit all parties involved.
Lambert signed at The Hawthorns for £3m last summer from Anfield and, with one year remaining on his contract, recently stated: “I would love to be able to help West Brom and contribute, but if I’m not then obviously I have to make a decision and maybe go somewhere else.”
Krul to make Northeast switch?
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is being watched closely by the club’s Northeast rivals and recently promoted neighbours Middlesbrough, with the Dutchman possessing just one more year on his current deal at St James’ Park and his future being shrouded in doubt.
It’s believed Toon boss Rafael Benitez will move for Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels for £5m in the coming weeks, leaving Krul’s place under threat, but Boro are keen to acquire his services and boost their defence ahead of their return to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old was the Magpies’ first-choice goalie before sustaining a serious injury while on international duty with the Netherlands last year, with a cruciate knee ligament problem seeing him then ruled out for a long period.
Present shot stopper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos was impressive last term between the sticks but he is now 37 years of age and has no top-flight experience, opening the door for a shock swoop for Newcastle’s out-of-favour Krul this summer.
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