Everton REJECTED chance to sign Man City star Erling Haaland because Premier League club thought £5m was too expensive | The Sun

MANCHESTER CITY ace Erling Haaland was deemed TOO EXPENSIVE for Everton in 2018, it has been revealed.

Former Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson says he told his beloved Everton to sign the then 18-year-old Molde star after being shown a video of him on a visit to Finch Farm.

Anderson tweeted: "In 2018 I was at a meeting at Finch Farm with EFC we watched a video of an 18 year old Norwegian Kid played for Molde, wow, he was scoring for fun, Bill Kenwright shouted 'What do think Joe?'

"'Sign him', I shouted back, Robert Elstone said & I will never forget 'They want £7million'."

It is believed £5m could've brought the goal machine to Goodison Park.

But the move was not sanctioned as the fee was deemed too much for a player who'd have joined their U23s set-up.


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Anderson recalling Everton missing out on Haaland comes after the now 22-year-old scored his third Premier League hat-trick in just eight games on Sunday.

Haaland netted three for Man City in the 6-3 win over rivals Manchester United.

It took his goals tally across all competitions this season to 17, and he also has three assists to his name.

Following Everton passing on the chance to sign Haaland, the Norway star joined Austrian side RB Salzburg in 2019 for £7.2m.

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An astonishing 29 goals in 27 games then earned him an £18m move to the Bundesliga to play for Borussia Dortmund the following year.

Haaland made lightwork of Germany, scoring 86 in 89 for BVB.

Such form would've seen a player of Halaand's calibre sell for north of £100m.

But a release clause saw Haaland move to City for just £51m in the summer – a club his father, Alfie, played for between 2000-2003.

Haaland needs just 20 goals in City's remaining 30 Prem fixtures to match Alan Shearer and Andy Cole's record of 34 in a single season.

City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Halaand's "incredible instincts", which came from his mum and dad.

After the Manchester Derby win, Guardiola said on his goal-scoring machine: "I say it many times and I will say again – what Erling is doing he did in Norway, Austria and Germany.

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"The quality we have alongside him helps him score, but what he is doing I didn't teach him.

"He has incredible instincts. It comes from his mum and dad. He was born with that.”

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