Everton interested in Lyon top scorer Jake O’Brien

Foot Mercato are reporting that Everton are showing an interest in Olympique Lyonnais defender Jake O’Brien (22), who only joined the club for €1m from Crystal Palace in the summer. 

There isn’t much room for optimism at Lyon this season. The club are rock bottom of Ligue 1 having won just one game all season. However, O’Brien has certainly been a bright spark. The Ireland U21 international has scored Lyon’s last three goals in Ligue 1 and is the club’s joint-top scorer, alongside Alexandre Lacazette with three goals. 

His performances have come as a surprise, as despite arriving at the Groupama Stadium in August, it was expected that he would leave on loan to get more first-team experience. However, he quickly impressed then-manager Laurent Blanc before consolidating his place in the starting line-up under Fabio Grosso. 

O’Brien is now attracting interest from the Premier League, specifically from Everton, who have been tracking the centre-back. However, the player is happy at Lyon and the club, embroiled in a fight for survival in Ligue 1, seem unwilling to let a key player leave in January. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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