Almeida hopes for dream move
Hugo Almeida has increased speculation regarding a move to Everton by declaring it is his 'dream' to play in England.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 22/01/09 11:11am
Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida has increased speculation regarding a move to Everton after declaring it is his 'dream' to play in England.
Manager David Moyes is keen to strengthen his forward line with injury ruling Aiyegbeni Yakubu out for the season and fellow forwards Louis Saha and James Vaughan also on the sidelines.
It has been rumoured that the Toffees are lining up a loan bid with a view to a permanent deal in the summer for the former Porto ace.
The Portuguese international boasts UEFA Champions League experience, scoring two goals from three appearances in this season's competition.
The 24-year-old remains calm over any future deal but admits to speaking to former Porto team-mate and Everton full-back Nuno Valente about life on Merseyside.
"It would be a dream for me to play in England," he told Antenna.
"But I have to remain calm while negotiations take place. It is a possibility that pleases me.
"I am open to offers and am happy that Everton are interested in my services.
"I have spoken on the telephone with Nuno Valente to find out things about the club and the impression is very positive.
"Now I am in Bremen but if the offer from Everton materialises, I will have a final decision to make."
However Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs has poured doubt on any move after declaring the club have not received any offers for the player.
"There are no bids for Hugo and Hugo is part of our plans," he told Kreiszeitung Syke.