Yacine Brahimi has been linked with a move to the Premier League for years. Everton and West Ham have been the clubs most mentioned in the Portuguese media as potential destinations, and now he’s a free agent a transfer should be easier.

The 29 year old’s deal with Porto expires at the end of this month, and he’s keen on a move to English football, just as he has been for a long time.

In February it was reported Brahimi has ‘proposals’ from both Everton and Wolves, although the latter may have been dragged in because of their track record of signing players from Portuguese football.

Then in April it was reported Brahimi had an offer to join Real Betis, but was waiting for an offer he’d consider better both in sporting terms and financially, Everton got a mention.

On June 1st, Everton and West Ham interest was referenced in Portugal and it was claimed the player wants a €6m signing on fee plus €14m over three years of contract. 

Since then it’s been quiet in Portugal, with Brahimi now leaving Porto.

This weekend saw a claim from Goal France that Everton continue their discussions to sign the player. The Toffees haven’t forgot about their target, and it’s claimed that in private he’s said his new destination could be sorted before the Africa Cup of Nations.

Brahimi, who was born in Paris (hence the claims now coming from France), will be representing Algeria. Their first match is a week today, against Kenya, so things will need to move quickly.