Everton are reportedly interested in signing Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker.
According to Fabrizio Romano this morning, the Toffees have placed the Belgium international on their transfer radar.
Supposedly, the 27-year-old is ‘appreciated’ by Frank Lampard and the Everton board.
The club are ready to try and explore a potential deal in the coming weeks.
Dendoncker has a contract with Wolves until next summer, but the club do hold an option to extend it by a further 12 months.
Dendoncker joined Wolves on an initial loan deal in the summer of 2018 from Anderlecht. Wanderers turned the move permanent in the summer of 2019.
Frustratingly, he remains the club’s last midfield purchase. Or at least, he is the last ‘first-team quality’ midfielder to join the club.
To date, he has clocked up 154 appearances for the club.
Dendoncker is a player that has tended to divide opinion at Molineux.
Some believe he doesn’t offer a great deal, but others reckon he has the potential to be very important in the right game.
Arguably, he has lacked consistency during his four years at the club so far.
While he may not have totally convinced the fanbase, Dendoncker is certainly highly regarded in the dressing room.
Maximilian Kilman said after the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur back in February: “Leander’s performances always go under the radar. He does the job and gives you a good performance every time. I’m delighted for him to get his goal and glad that people realise how good he has played.”
Wolves shouldn’t sell Leander Dendoncker unless for a huge fee, amid new transfer interest from Everton
As things currently stand, Wolves shouldn’t really be looking to sell Dendoncker given the lack of depth.
The only reason Wanderers should be entertaining any interest from Everton is if a good replacement becomes available.
Wolves should also only consider offloading if a very big offer comes in.
Otherwise the club need to be keeping him.
He may lack consistency, but at the end of the day Dendoncker is a handy player to have in the squad given his versatility.
He is very highly regarded by Lage, so it’s difficult to see the manager backing any plans to sell.