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Everton rejected cut-price Andy Robertson, Harry Maguire and Erling Haaland deals, claims former chief



Everton rejected the chance to sign Andy Robertson, Harry Maguire and young sensation Erling Haaland, former director of football Steve Walsh says.

Walsh swapped newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City for Goodison Park in 2016, having scouted star players Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante.

He lasted just two seasons and oversaw a huge outlay, with £20million-plus deals for Yannick Bolasie, Morgan Schneiderlin, Davy Klassen and Cenk Tosun all now considered poor investments.

However, Walsh says Everton passed up the opportunity to sign Hull pair Robertson and Maguire on the cheap during his time.

Robertson went on to join Liverpool in 2017 and has since become one of the best left-backs in the game, while Manchester United paid £80m for Maguire over the summer.

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“While I was at Everton, I offered them Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire deals, when they were at Hull, and it was worth £20 million for the pair,” he told The Athletic.

“Everton wouldn’t take them.

“I had a deal done for Jonny Evans too before he came to Leicester, but again they wouldn’t take him.”

United are eager to bring in a striker during the January transfer window. (KRUGFOTO/AFP via Getty Images)

During Walsh’s time at Everton the club signed six strikers and but was Champions League star Erling Haaland who failed to make the list.

The 19-year-old has scored 26 goals in 18 games for Red Bull Salzburg this season, including seven in four Champions League games.

Walsh continued: “Erling Haaland, the striker with Salzburg, I had him and his dad at the club with a deal done for €4m (£3.4m).

“The club wouldn’t back me.”


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