A few days ago, the Guardian claimed that Everton and West Ham were keeping tabs on Lille’s young forward Martin Terrier, with the Ligue 1 club expecting a ‘sizeable’ offer for the 19-year-old.
Making nine appearances in all competitions so far, as well as scoring a goal in the Coupe de France against AS Excelsior a few weeks ago, Terrier is slowly being integrated into Lille’s first-team.
On Monday, FootMercato, according to their information, have a bit more detail on Ronald Koeman’s pursuit of the youngster, with Everton sending scouts on three different occasions to watch him.
The French website report scouts from the Merseyside club were present at the Coupe de La Ligue defeat (3-1) against Paris Saint-Germain back in December (Terrier played 90 minutes), the 4-1 win over AS Excelsior in which Terrier scored, and on the 21st of January in the 0-0 draw against Saint-Etienne, when he played for 80 minutes.
Considering Lille are currently trying to build a new and attractive project, with new owner Gerard Lopez focusing on younger players, the French side will undoubtedly do their utmost to keep hold of the talented forward, and Everton might have to dig (relatively) deep if they want to bring him across the Channel in the future.
For now, though, it just seems like they’re keeping an eye on him.