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In Focus: Koeman refusing to slow down after Rooney done

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is not holding back having landed yet another target and will move swiftly on to his efforts to engineer a deal for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, amongst others, according to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

While all Evertonians across the world are getting, quite rightfully, caught up in the emotion of former boy wonder Wayne Rooney’s return to Goodison Park after 13 years at Manchester United, it seems Koeman has no time for sentiment.

The former Southampton manager has not held back this summer, having already landed deals for – deep breath – Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Nathangelo Markelo, Sandro Ramirez, Michael Keane and Wayne Rooney.

However, it seems things aren’t slowing down a bit. As the players get back into the swing of pre-season, the powers that be at Goodison Park are now moving in on Gunners striker Giroud as well as deals for Swansea star Gylfi Sigurdsson and Leicester’s Demarai Gray.

There have been a lot of question marks over the role of Giroud at Arsenal over the past few seasons, however, any Premier League side would be lucky to have the Frenchman.

While he has not featured week in, week out on the starting sheet for Arsene Wenger, the talismanic forward has contributed with some vital goals and assists when called upon, only to be named on the bench again the following week.

While he may be lacking in pace, the numbers speak for themselves. The 30-year-old is one of just three players, alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and the departing Romelu Lukaku, to hit ten or more goals in the last five Premier League seasons, not bad for a plan B.

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