Kevin Gameiro, 30, offered hope that he can be persuaded to leave Atletico Madrid in January. Speaking to the Spanish press after the rojiblancos 5 – 0 drubbing of Levante, the striker said, “It’s normal to be much happier when you are scoring goals and contributing to the team.”
Gameiro netted twice in his third start of the season in a rare moment of unbridled joy for Diego Simeone’s team.
They scored more in 90 minutes on the Valencian coast than they had in the previous 570 La Liga minutes.
“At the moment I’m giving everything for the team,” he continued. “I’m fine here and we’ll see what happens in January.”
Everton are desperate to improve their abysmal goalscoring record. A move to Merseyside might be seen as jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Atletico’s goal-shy attack found the net just 21 times in 13 games; The Toffees have 13 in the same number of fixtures.
The difference is that Atleti sit third in La Liga while Everton are sixteenth.
The Premier League strugglers are in talks with Sam Allardyce to take over as manager, with Sunday’s 4 – 1 reverse at Southampton signalling the end of David Unsworth’s already slim chances of taking over at Goodison Park on a permanent basis.