‘They didn’t think it was the right move for them’: Duncan Ferguson explains why Everton ‘TURNED DOWN’ the chance to sign a ’15 or 16-year-old’ Erling Haaland after his father Alf-Inge brought him to Finch Farm for a trial
Former Everton centre forward Duncan Ferguson has tried to explain why the club turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland as a teenager.
Haaland arrived in England this summer to much fanfare from Borussia Dortmund and has lived up to his billing as one of the continent’s most lethal forward players, scoring 22 goals in his first 16 games for Manchester City.
Sportsmail revealed last month how Everton baulked at the figure they were quoted for a teenage Haaland – but how history could have been very different had he made the move to Merseyside.
Duncan Ferguson (right) has explained why Everton turned down the chance to sign Erling Haaland (left) when he was brought to their Finch Farm training ground as a teenager
Speaking on William Hill and Footy Accumulators’ No Tippy Tappy Football Podcast, Ferguson said: ‘He’s going to be incredible, isn’t he? But believe it or not, I’ll tell you a story, he was in at Everton.
‘His dad (Alf-Inge) had brought him in at Everton and they never signed him.
‘He was brought in at about 15 or 16 years of age and the team he was with at the time wanted a couple of million quid for him and Everton wouldn’t buy him.
The former Everton forward said that Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, brought him to the club’s training ground but they passed up on the opportunity as they were put off by money involved
‘Everton didn’t think it was the right move for them at the time.
‘I’m pretty sure that if his dad brought him to Everton he’d have brought him to Leeds because his dad played for Leeds and Manchester City.
‘I’m pretty sure he would have brought him to a few clubs around that age.’
Haaland has exploded since arriving at City and has been the stand-out player across Europe in the initial months of the season.
Everton’s very recent history has been a tale of poor squad management with many of their signings in the past few years failing to deliver on the often extortionate fees laid out by the club.
Haaland has enjoyed an exhilarating start to life in England, scoring 22 goals in all competitons
The club are seeking to rectify some of those rather costly errors in judgement under boss Frank Lampard, with the side having impressed so far this term.
Meanwhile, City continue to sweat over the fitness of the Norwegian Haaland, with the 22-year-old set to miss Wednesday evening’s fixture against Sevilla as a result of the injury sustained last week in Germany.
The club are hoping he will return to the side for the visit of Fulham at the Etihad this weekend.
The Norwegian talisman injured his foot during City’s 0-0 draw against Dortmund last week