Valenciennes’ on-loan striking sensation Abdul Majeed Waris is subject of Premier League interest, with a pair of sides sporting lofty ambitions set to duke it out over the Ghanaian goal-getter.
The clubs in question are Everton and Southampton, both of who have both sent representatives to watch the Spartak Moscow man in action of late.
A price of 7/2 says the Toffees snare a top-four finish this season, a bargaining chip that would give them a huge boost in their bid to acquire the 22-year-old, who has been earmarked as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku should they miss out on the belligerent Belgian.
The versatile forward has found a niche in France, where he’s helped himself to nine goals in 11 outings as the struggling Ligue 1 side battle relegation.
Ariel Jacobs’ charges have markedly raised their game following Waris’ arrival from Russia, losing just five since his January debut, as opposed to the 11 defeats they suffered in the prior months.
Having rustled the net six times in his previous five outings, the on-loan Spartak star is rapidly forging a reputation as one of the most fearsome frontmen in the French top-tier, as the clamour for his services intensifies.
Werder Bremen and Ajax are among the continental admirers of the man who was once the scourge of defenders on the top rung of the Swedish football ladder, earning his Moscow move after plundering 23 goals in 29 appearances.
Should Everton beat off the competition for Waris, they’d still require the World Cup hopeful to elevate his game in order to match the 12 league goals Lukaku has contributed to the cause so far.
The 20-year-old will be leading the line when the Merseysiders face Fulham next and he represents a decent first goalscorer punt at 4/1 given that a third of his tally to date have been deadlock breakers.