Rubin Kazan attacker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is attracting interest from Everton and West Ham United as both clubs seek to improve their options in the final third.
According to Football Insider, there is plenty of interest from Premier League clubs in Rubin Kazan attacker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, with Everton and West Ham United among the sides seeking to sign the Georgia international.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has had a modest yet promising start at Rubin Kazan, playing close to 70 games for the Russian side to date, scoring eight goals and chalking up 16 assists. This year, the winger genuinely caught the eye of many clubs when he scored a brace against Sweden in a 2-0 win for Georgia.
Kvaratskhelia might not be a prolific goalscorer. Still, the Rubin Kazan star has shown plenty of promise to improve and develop into a top-rated star. For now, interested clubs are looking at him to merely strengthen their current options and not as someone who could come in and become a sure starter.
Tottenham Hotspurs had shown an interest in him earlier during the summer transfer window. Now, a few more Premier League clubs have been added to the mix of clubs keen on signing the 20-year-old. West Ham United and Everton are reportedly keeping tabs on the winger ahead of the January window.
While the Hammers might be looking at options to improve their attacking talents, they are searching for a player capable of filling in as a deputy for Michail Antonio. They have been linked with some centre-forward options as cover for Antonio. A left-winger is not particularly on the agenda, although David Moyes might consider adding a budding player into the mix.
Moyes does not have out and out left-wingers in his side, with Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma taking up the position for most parts of the season. Someone like Kvaratskhelia could add more depth in the wide attacking areas. The Georgia international certainly holds the promise to develop into a future star and West Ham could take the gamble of signing him up in January and make him a part of the furniture.
Everton are also reportedly keeping tabs on Kvaratskhelia’s development. The Toffees have been hit hard by injuries to several key players this season. Richarlison is the ideal candidate to play on the left side of the attack, although the Brazilian, currently injured, has taken a more central role this term due to the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
As a result, Rafael Benitez seems interested in signing an attacking player with Kvaratskhelia’s name being linked probably because he may not cost too much money to acquire. The cash-strapped Toffees could make an offer to Rubin Kazan in the January window, although it’s unclear how much the Russian side might demand for the player.
Kvaratskhelia could become a top player in the next few years if developed properly. While his goal record for the Russian side might not look great, emphasis should be placed on his overall displays in the attacking third. With the right coaching, his numbers should also improve drastically. Whether West Ham or Everton make an attempt to sign him remains to be seen.