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Koeman rejected Haaland in 2016 as Everton's manager

Sun 06 June 2021 | 8:59

Ronald Koeman had the option of signing Erling Haaland for Everton in 2016, but he chose not to.

Everyone wants Erling Haaland today, yet he used to be a relatively unknown striker in Norway's second division. Slowly, the youngster began to build a reputation for himself, with Steve Walsh, according to

Diario AS

, being one of the scouts who noticed his potential. 

Walsh assembled the legendary Leicester City team that beat the

Premier League's

odds, including N'Golo Kante, Ryad Mahrez, and Jamie Vardy, among others. Everton then promoted him to head scout at Goodison Park, where he operated with present Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.

Walsh advocated


to sign the then-16-year-old Haaland the summer they both came on Merseyside in 2016, but neither Everton nor Koeman thought it was a good move. Haaland then moved on to Molde a year after, before going on to RB Salzburg and now Borussia Dortmund; with

Kylian Mbappe

of Paris Saint-Germain, he is possibly the most exciting prospect in European football.


source: SportMob