Everton have been named as a surprise team eyeing a deal to sign Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller.
SportBILD journalist Christian Falk broke the news on Wednesday, with the German stating that the Toffees “want” the 2014 World Cup international but face competition from Newcastle United.
Falk stated on his personal Twitter account that the rumoured links between with the two clubs and the 32-year-old are “true”.
Muller is out of contract in 2023 and is yet to confirm his extension at the Allianz Arena.
A decision is set to be made on the striker’s future, with Bayern potentially losing one of their star players on a free if he doesn’t sign a new deal.
A one-club man, Muller extended his contract in 2020 but a further extension hasn’t come to fruition as of yet.
Thomas Muller’s career so far
A legend in Germany for his performances for both the national team and Munich, Muller has been an ever-present name as one of the best players in the country.
Since making his senior debut under Jurgen Klinsmann in 2008, the forward has appeared over 600 times, scoring 223 goals and assisting another 238 - a goal contribution of 461 goals.
In Germany, Muller has lifted every possible trophy with 10 Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, two Champions Leagues and two UEFA Super Cups.
For his country, Muller has 110 caps and has scored the joint-eighth most goals alongside Michael Ballack with 42.
Following a third-place finish in the 2010 South Africa World Cup, Muller scored five goals to help Joachim Low’s side lift the trophy four years later in Brazil.
Boasting an incredible tournament goalscoring record, Muller has netted 10 goals in 14 World Cup games and 50 goals in 136 Champions League games.
With Bayern possessing quality across the pitch, Robert Lewandowksi’s consistency has seen Muller play more of a shadow striker role.
This season Muller has nine goals in 29 appearances and remains a regular face in Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
How likely is the move to happen?
With the managerial issues at Everton ongoing and less than a week remaining of the window, a move this window seems highly unlikely.
However, in the summer, if Everton manage to steer themselves to safety with a coach in place to progress, then we could see something happen.
Falk didn’t mention if either Everton or Newcastle are seeking a deal this month or the summer, but it’s hard to take much out of the rumour.
Both teams have a reason for Muller to come. Everton and Farhad Moshiri have been known for their pulling power with high tier players, with James Rodriguez spending a season at Goodison Park last season.
Newcastle will be tempting for every footballer. The newly bought club have money to spend, as proven so far this window with Kieran Tripper and Chris Wood already purchased.