Everton closing in on a deal for Norway’s next big thing

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Norway have a good reputation for producing quality Premier League players, and if reports are to be believed, Everton are about to snap up one of their brightest talents.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, John Arne Riise, Henning Berg and Tore Andro Flo are just a few who have become Premier League heroes after arriving from across the north Sea.

Four players are currently plying their trade in the Prem today, but that could soon become five.

Rafik Zekhnini is touted as the next big thing to come out of the Scandinavian nation, and it’s believed Everton are closing in on a move for the 18-year-old.

The winger made his debut for Odd last season aged just 17, and quickly impressed with two goals and three assists in the second half of the campaign.

Zekhnini has stepped it up in his second season, with five goals and four assists on the left wing, helping his side to third in the Tippeligaen.

And his performances have impressed the Toffees’ scouts.

Odd have previously rejected offers for their hotshot star, but it’s now believed that with the Norwegian season over, the club are ready to sell.

It has been reported by Norway outlet Varden that Zekhnini is travelling to Merseyside for talks with the Goodison Park club.

Valued at 425k by transfermarkt.co.uk, the Toffees could be landing a bargain of the future.

The Toffees could do with a boost, after their best Premier League start faded into one win in six.

Ronald Koeman’s men will return to domestic duty following the international break, with 4/7 they’ll beat Swansea on Merseyside.

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