Everton’s interest in Thomas Delaney is nothing new. After all, they tried to sign the Danish midfielder after Werder Bremen had agreed terms with FC Copenhagen for a January move.
The Toffees offered £5m for him, which would have allowed the Germans to make a considerable profit on their £1.7m expenditure without ever having to field the player.
However, they were right to say no, as the Dane quickly showed why Bremen were so keen to hold onto him, scoring four goals and picking up an assist in 13 league games.
His performances raised his status a lot, to such an extent that rumours started circulating that a Premier League club had made a €12m offer for him, with many believing Brighton Hove & Albion to be those offering the money.
The Seagulls, recently promoted to the Premier League, have been trying to bolster their squad early this year in order to field a close-knitted group of players to give them the best chance of staying up next year.
Adding a midfielder of Delaney’s ilk to Chris Hughton’s squad would have been a great move, but unfortunately for them Werder Bremen have said no.
This has since been confirmed by the club’s director of football, Frank Baumann, as he told Bild: “There was an offer, but that was not an option for us. We have positioned ourselves clearly. A transfer for Thomas is not an issue, and there won’t be one”.
This means that Premier League clubs will have to at least wait until January to try and get the 25-year-old.
We’re looking at you, Everton and Brighton.
You might even have to wait until next summer.