Everton are interested in Cologne striker Jhon Cordoba this summer, with the player having asked to left out of the club’s games to negotiate a move away.

That’s what BILD report today, explaining that the ‘endless poker’ for the striker is ‘on the home straight’ at this moment in time.

That has led to the striker approaching coach Markus Gisdol Friday evening to ask to be left out of his team for Saturday, explaining that his ‘head was not free’ because he is in ‘negotiations’ with other clubs.

The newspaper, though, states that was more than likely an ‘excuse’ for the striker and the reality is probably that his ‘departure is imminent’ and should happen before the Bundesliga starts.

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Thus, Cordoba doesn’t want to injure himself by playing and risk his move. However, where he is going to end up remains to be seen.

Hertha BSC are the ‘hottest prospect’ for him in Germany, but Wolfsburg have also shown a loose interest.

In Europe, meanwhile, ‘Everton are also interested’ in the 27-year-old, but BILD do not go as far as saying any of those three clubs have made a bid or are in negotiations with him.

They do, though, say that Cologne’s director of football Horst Heldt will only let Cordoba leave for an offer beyond €15m, so Everton and the two Bundesliga clubs know how much they have to offer to make it happen.

Whether the Blues will, however, is debatable. They already have Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Moise Kean for their forward line so are well stocked in that regard.

It would be strange for them to be in the market for a striker, although perhaps if Kean returns to Italy, as has been reported over the last week, the Colombian could become an option.