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Everton scouts jet in to make Yussuf Poulsen checks as Marco Silva plots RB Leipzig raid | Football | Sport

Everton boss Marco Silva has ordered his scouts to make another round of extensive checks on RB Leipzig hitman Yussuf Poulsen.

The Denmark international has spent the last six years playing in the Bundesliga and last season registered his best return of 19 goals in all competitions.

Poulsen, 25, has emerged from the shadow of Timo Werner and it’s not the first time that Everton have taken a look at him after having him watched last season too.

He has earned a reputation in Germany as a 6ft 4in battering ram and Leipzig know that they could be battling to keep hold of him.

Poulsen could offer Silva something completely different to his other frontmen which is why more checks are being made over the next few weeks.

But they could face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle United, who also have a long-standing interest in him.

Everton bought Moise Kean from Juventus over the summer in order to add another goal threat to Silva’s attack.

The Italy international is, however, yet to get up and running in a blue shirt, while fellow striker Cenk Tosun has been deemed surplus to requirements.

Silva also has Dominic Calvert-Lewin at his disposal, while Richarlison has slotted in up top at times.

Silva is, though, in need of a goalscorer who can bag consistently with Everton enduring a slow start to the season.

The Toffees suffered a 2-0 defeat Sheffield United on Saturday, with a Yerry Mina own goal and a Lys Mousset strike separating the two sides.

That loss left them 14th in the Premier League after six games, with seven points accumulated so far.

Post-match, Silva said: “It was a tough game for us… we didn’t deserve the result but football is what it is and when you make mistakes like we did this afternoon, even if you deserve something more, you don’t achieve it.

“Unfortunately for us, in the past two games the mistakes have come too often and created some extra pressure and extra instability that are not normal in our team, or for the level we want to play.

“Sheffield United came here to play in a different way from their past two away games – more back, not high, respecting our team.

“In those situations we have to show not just quality but enough mobility to disorganise them, and then take the right decisions.

“We did that in some moments, of course not so often as I want. But we looked in some moments as if we could score.”

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