Weston McKennie might have some making up to do if he seals Everton transfer

Weston McKennie is being linked with a potential transfer to Everton this summer but the USA international’s only game at Goodison Park to date saw him and Abdoulaye Doucoure threaten to kill each other.

TuttoJuve claims that Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United are all monitoring the 25-year-old midfielder – whose current deal expires at Juventus next summer – in case he doesn’t pen a new contract. If the player from Fort Lewis, Washington doesn’t agree fresh terms with the Serie A side then he could be on the market for the region of £20million.

With Everton potentially cashing in on Amadou Onana in the upcoming transfer window plus Andre Gomes and Dele Alli’s contracts expiring, Sean Dyche is on the lookout for reinforcements in the centre of the park and the ECHO understands there is interest in taking Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips on loan. The Blues boss is a fan of combative players and after Neal Maupay was sent off in a behind closed doors friendly match against Stockport County last year, Dyche said: “He’s got a little bit of fire in him…I quite like that actually.”

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However, there might have to be some serious diplomacy required from the 52-year-old though when it comes to his peace-making skills if he was to snap up McKennie who was booked by referee Andy Madley alongside Doucoure when the pair were involved in a flare-up just before half-time in Everton’s 1-0 win over Leeds United – where the American was on loan – on February 18, 2023, a game that the hosts went on to win 1-0 thanks to captain Seamus Coleman’s goal from a tight angle on 64 minutes.

Recalling the flashpoint, McKennie told the Indirect Podcast: “Doucoure, me and him were going back and forth. When the fight broke out on the side I was shoving someone, for Tyler’s [Adams] sake, and he came over and wrapped his whole body around me and pulled me.

“I walked away and got the yellow card and I said to him: ‘I don’t care if you do that, but do it when I look at you.’ He [Doucoure] goes like, ‘you know, when you get the ball next time, I’ll kill you.’

Everton's Abdoulaye Doucoure tangles with Leeds United's Weston McKennie on February 18, 2023
Everton's Abdoulaye Doucoure tangles with Leeds United's Weston McKennie on February 18, 2023 -Credit:LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images

“And I said to him that, 'when you get the ball, I’ll kill you, too.’ I was so happy because not long after that we had a 50/50 shoulder-to-shoulder and I bodied him off the ball.”

It would certainly be intriguing to hear Doucoure’s version of events and how it might differ!