Boussoufa - Everton an option

Image: Boussoufa: Leaving door open

Anderlecht playmaker Mbark Boussoufa has refused to rule out the possibility of joining Everton.

Toffees eye Morocco international as possible Pienaar replacement

Anderlecht playmaker Mbark Boussoufa has refused to rule out the possibility of joining Everton. Reports suggest the Toffees have turned their attention to the Holland-born Morocco international after losing Steven Pienaar to Tottenham. The 26-year-old would certainly help to fill that creative void, having proved his worth during four-and-half-years in Belgium. The last 12 months have arguably been his best to date, with a second Le Soulier d'Or award picked up in 2010 after being recognised as the best player in the Belgian top flight.

Fantastic

Boussoufa insists he will not force Anderlecht's hand during the January transfer window, despite mounting speculation regarding his future, but admits a switch to England would be difficult to turn down. "Listen, I am very happy here but you never know what will happen in football," he said. "Once all parties are happy, you can move on. "Everton? They are a very good club and to play in England would be fantastic."

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