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Liverpool Echo
Mark Wakefield

Everton transfer news as Dango Ouattara 'enquiry' made amid Leicester City and Bournemouth interest

Everton are being linked with a move for Lorient winger Dango Ouattara during the January transfer window.

The Blues are being credited with an interest in a host of attacking players as Frank Lampard attempts to make additions to his squad for the second half of the season.

And one of the latest names said to be in the frame is Ouattara, who is enjoying an impressive campaign with Lorient. The 20-year-old has scored five goals and registeed five assists in 16 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.

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According to the Mail Online, Everton have made an "enquiry" to the French club over a potential move for Ouattara before the end of January.

The Blues are not the only club linked with the Burkina Faso international, though, with fellow Premier League outfit Leicester City also credited with an interest. The article does not say which club, if any, has an advantage at this stage.

And a new report, from talkSPORT, states that Bournemouth are also hoping to sign the winger, adding that new Cherries' owner Bill Foley is on the verge of taking over Lorient.

Everton are yet to make a move in the window, other than to recall young striker Ellis Simms from his loan move with Sunderland.

The return of Simms and the recovery of Dominic Calvert-Lewin has given Blues boss Lampard additional options going forward since the top-flight domestic season resumed while Demarai Gray has scored twice in three games and provided a threat from a central role in trips to Manchester City and Manchester United.

But Everton have scored just once in each of the four games since Christmas Day. They have lost three of those fixtures and there is an acceptance the squad needs to be supported in the transfer market. That task may have added urgency following the loss of Alex Iwobi to an ankle ligament injury.


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