After just a season at the Bridge, it seems Victor Moses could well be on his way to Everton, to link up with former boss, Roberto Martinez.
It took us five bids to prise him away from Wigan’s grasp last summer, and despite 34 appearances in all competitions last season, he failed to make a large impact on the side, and with Arouna Kone leaving Wigan for Everton already this summer, they would be keen to add another forward to their books.
With Andre Schurrle already being added to the ranks this summer, competition in the forward areas is already rife, and there has also been confirmation of a bid being tabled for Bruma, the 18 year old Portuguese wonderkid from Sporting Lisbon.
Add in Kevin de Bruyne into the mix, and it is clear to see that the chances of Moses breaking into the team seem pretty remote, however, Mourinho may well want to see him in action for six months or so to see if he is a contender for a starting spot.
There were sparks of form that show Moses could have a great future, he managed four goals from six appearances in the Europa League, although with our aims very much set on the Champions League from now on, it does suggest he may well be more comfortable at a club like Everton.
The Nigerian is however only 22, and like we have seen with Marko Marin, and Oriel Romeu, a loan deal may well be more obvious, and should Everton be the club tracking him, it would of course benefit them in the short-term also.
With de Bruyne being brought back into the squad, you would expect that to mean he will be utilised this season, and being the same age as Moses, you have to wonder which is the preferred choice. de Bruyne managed 10 goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen last season, and any performance close to that would surely fire him up the pecking order, especially as Moses managed just 1 assist and 6 goals from his 34 matches last season.
However, should the reported £6.9m be the correct figure for 18 year old Bruma, recuperating that fee for Moses would definitely suggest good business, and it does seem Everton are very likely to chase their man.
Martinez has raided Wigan for Alcaraz, Kone, and Robles so far, and a deal for the 22 year old would mean positive and shrewd business, as they continue their quest for a top four spot.
For me, I don’t believe there is any value to keeping Moses around, his performances last season didn’t fill me with joy, and at times, it seemed he struggled to fit into our pattern of play. I would be very keen to sell him, regardless of whether we strike deal for Bruma.
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By Brad Smith