Reports from across the pond surfaced earlier this week suggesting Premier League side Everton is considering signing Orlando City striker Cyle Larin.
Ask Lions head coach Jason Kreis about it, and he’ll tell you it’s pure talk.
“From my point of view, it’s interesting cause I have the inside information, which clearly tells you it’s just speculation,” Kreis told reporters after Wednesday’s training session. “There’s been nobody that’s come to us with any offers, there’s been nothing formal. For us, it’s clearly just that… a lot of talk.”
The Sun from the United Kingdom reported on Monday that scouts from Everton are looking at Larin to replace Romelu Lukaku, who has decided not to renew his contract with the Toffees at seasons end.
The report from The Sun also stated Turkish side Besiktas is interested in the Canadian forward.
While Kreis shot down those reports, he did acknowledge why such interest and speculation exists.
“For Cyle, I would say that is a good thing. He’s playing well, and he’s been noticed for it,” said Kreis. “People are paying attention, and I think that’s a great thing, not just Cyle but for everybody involved in the league because ultimately all of the players probably at some stage of their career would like to play in Europe in a bigger stage and for a lot more money.
“If he keeps doing well, I would say yes the opportunity will be there, but at the end of the day, it has to be the right thing for everybody involved. Everybody involved includes Orlando City.”
Larin is off to an impressive start for the Lions this season, scoring three goals in two game. The forward has tallied 34 goals in 61 appearances since joining the Lions in 2015.
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