Sunday 26


Zenit striker Dzyuba confirms Everton interest

11th September 2019, 15:03 by Aidan Perkins

Artem Dzyuba has confirmed Everton have previously been interested in him amid claims the Toffees are preparing a January swoop for the Zenit St Petersburg ace.

Everton had a busy summer in the transfer window, bringing in Moise Kean, Fabian Delph, Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin to bolster the ranks at Goodison Park.

However, Silva still wants additional recruits for his first-team squad and director of football Marcel Brands is working hard behind the scenes to find more new talent.

Some reports recently have indicated Blues scouts have watched Dzyuba in action in the past month and there were claims the club had representatives at Russia’s win over Scotland at Hampden Park on Friday, where he scored in his country’s 2-1 win.

Now the 31-year-old has admitted the Premier League club wanted him last year but a move never materialised and he insists he’s happy at Zenit, despite ongoing speculation linking him with a switch to the Merseysiders.

Dzyuba told Sport24: “I signed a contract with Jorge Mendes and his company. Back in the winter transfer window, there was a chance for me to leave Zenit. I understand Everton were interested in my services. But I didn’t want to leave.

“Back then, we had a chance to win the Russian Superleague title, and we did so. So, I can say that I did the right thing. In the summer, I also hoped something would happen, but it didn’t. There were just talks, so I am now at Zenit and I am very pleased with that.”

The Russia captain is out of contract at Zenit at the end of the current season and has made a good start to the 2019-20 campaign, scoring four goals and grabbing three assists so far, while he’s found the back of the net for the Premier Liga side on 56 occasions in total.

Kean was used as a central striker in Everton’s last game, the 3-2 victory over Wolves before the international break, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun are other options up front for Silva, who has also deployed Richarlison as a lone frontman in the past.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

More Everton


Everton striker Kean excited for the future

22nd January 2020, 20:07

Everton striker Moise Kean says he can now kick on and show his best form after netting his first goal for the club.


Everton 2-2 Newcastle United

21st January 2020, 22:15

Newcastle produced a stunning comeback in stoppage time at Goodison Park to stun Everton and snatch a share of the spoils.


Allan and Ancelotti after Everton reunion as link grows

21st January 2020, 15:40

Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to arrange a reunion with Napoli midfielder Allan by bringing him to Everton, reports in Italy claim.


Everton v Newcastle United team news

21st January 2020, 07:33

Everton will be missing forward Richarlison for the visit of Newcastle on Tuesday nights as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.


Does Everton star Calvert-Lewin deserve England opportunity?

20th January 2020, 17:21

With England's two leading strikers both on the sidelines, is it time Dominic Calvert-Lewin is offered the chance to prove his worth on the international stage?


West Ham 1-1 Everton

18th January 2020, 17:38

West Ham and Everton played out an entertaining yet frustrating clash at the London Stadium as they shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw.

Recent Sport Headlines


Rahm secures Farmers Insurance Open lead

26th January 2020, 12:00

Spaniard Jon Rahm fired home a seven-under 65 to secure the lead ahead of the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Manchester City

Guardiola explains tough challenge for City to find Aguero replacement

26th January 2020, 11:49

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted the club have a mighty job on their hands to find a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero at the Etihad.

Rugby League

Burrell ready to silence his critics

26th January 2020, 11:02

Warrington Wolves centre Luther Burrell is confident he has finally adapted to rugby league after his summer switch in 2019.


Lampard demands Blues improvement after stuttering cup display

26th January 2020, 10:47

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard knows his side must do better after they were made to battle to a 2-1 victory over Hull City on Saturday.

Rugby League

Smith happy to give youngsters a go

26th January 2020, 10:19

Hull KR coach Tony Smith has confirmed the younger members of his squad will be given a chance to impress against Wakefield Trinity.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs star Winks learning to battle through the pain

26th January 2020, 10:11

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks admits he is still learning how to manage and play through his troublesome ankle injury.


Kenin gets the better of Gauff

26th January 2020, 10:07

American teenager Coco Gauff is out of the Australian Open after Sofia Kenin battled back to secure her place in the quarter-finals.

Newcastle United

Frustrated Newcastle boss Bruce rues replay after Oxford stalemate

26th January 2020, 09:41

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has revealed his frustration after his plans for a winter break were hit by the need for an FA Cup replay against Oxford United.