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Imagine him and Doucoure: Everton eyeing late swoop for £18m-rated “unstoppable force”


Everton are interested in a late window swoop for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as they look to make some new signings before deadline day next week.

The Toffees have already made a couple of additions in this January transfer window, and despite having no new permanent manager in place, are continuing to push ahead with their plans for recruitment.

According to The Daily Mail, England international Loftus-Cheek has emerged as a potential target for the club, although Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

The report adds that Everton are desperate for some midfield reinforcements before the close of the window next week.

While Abdoulaye Doucoure may currently be out injured, the prospect of seeing the marauding Frenchman with someone equally as imposing as Loftus-Cheek is a potentially mouth-watering one.

Standing at 6 foot 3, the England ace would bring some extra physicality to the Everton engine room, but crucially would add a real goal threat to the side from midfield too.

It was only in 2018/19 that Loftus-Cheek netted ten goals and provided another five assists from midfield in one season, with BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves lauding him as an “unstoppable force” during that campaign.

And, his former boss at Fulham, Scott Parker, raved about him during his loan spell there just a couple of seasons ago.

He said: “His self-belief is right there, his self-belief has to be there, he’s playing in the best league in the world and at times is unplayable in the best league in the world against teams and against players who are world-class.

“You look at his career and other than the period at Palace there hasn’t really been a sustained period (of first-team action), he was at Chelsea for a long time, probably had a few bit-parts, never really had a consistent run of games so I think that’s helped as well.”

The £18m-rated star would be a shrewd signing by the Toffees.