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Everton look to Spain with Iddrisu Baba on shortlist

After a mixed start to their Premier League campaign, perhaps contributed to by a relatively modest transfer window that didn’t necessarily see new boss Rafa Benitez bring in any star players, it appears that plans are being made for January.

As a result, Real Mallorca midfielder Iddrisu Baba is understood to have been targeted in a £10 million deal, with the 25-year-old Ghanian having had a sensational start to the season, being one of the standout players in La Liga.

Everton look to Spain with Iddrisu Baba on shortlist

Benitez knows the player well and indeed tried to sign him while was boss at Real Madrid, however, Mallorca stood firm.

Could the fee present a stumbling block?

The player’s current contract is set to expire in 2024 and Mallorca have attached a £38 million buyout clause – a fee that Everton would not be prepared to pay for a player who is still yet to reach the status of a top player.

What is more likely, is that the Toffees will table an opening offer in the region of £10 million in the hope that a deal can be settled for around the £15 million mark, with Mallorca one of the clubs who are still experiencing the financial effects of the global pandemic.

The player who goes by the name of ‘Baba’ joined the club in 2014 and was an integral part of helping the club gain promotion back to La Liga twice, having also experienced relegation with the island side.

 

Would he fit in at Everton?

By trade, Baba is an all-action midfielder player who provides plenty of energy in the engine room, able to get up and down the pitch and he could well complement Everton’s current crop of players.

Benitez demonstrated nouse in the summer transfer window with the Toffees, bringing in the likes of Andros Townsend, Andre Gray and Solomon Rondon – all proven in the Premier League and without spending the earth. Each of these have so far demonstrated that they are effective signings.

However, to get to the next level there is an understanding that the club needs more investment, though whether Benitez will want to target star players remains to be seen. If they can land Baba at the right price, he could be a step in the right direction.