Spurs, Everton battle for MLS star dubbed ‘new Suarez’

Will Ford

Spurs and Everton are both reportedly interested in signing Los Angeles FC striker Diego Rossi.

Rossi has emerged as one of the top young players in the MLS, with is accomplished finishing leading him to be dubbed the ‘new Luis Suarez’.

Valued at £10million, he arrived in America in 2017 having made the switch from Uruguayan club Penarol.

Rossi has notched 56 goals and 21 assists in 107 games for the California club, which has drawn the attention of both Spurs and Everton, according to talkSPORT.

But neither club currently has a manager.

Spurs are rumoured to be edging closer to a deal with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.

If Fonseca does get the job, his appointment would undoubtedly raise eyebrows for a club who were in the Champions League final two years ago.

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He is out of a job after two years at the Stadio Olimpico, where he failed to get the club back in the Champions League, delivering finishes of fifth and seventh in Serie A.

Fonseca replaced Claudio Ranieri at Roma after three years with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. The Portuguese also coached Porto and Braga in his homeland.

He won three successive doubles in charge of Shakhtar between 2016 and 2019, as well as a Portuguese Cup with Braga in 2016 and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto in 2013.

Meanwhile, Everton have added Rafael Benitez to their six-man shortlist.

The Spaniard – who left his post with Chinese side DL Pro in January – is said to be a favourite of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri.

But having spent six years with bitter rivals Liverpool, winning the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, his appointment would likely be met with widespread dissent from fans of both clubs on Merseyside.

Benitez once described Everton as a “small club” but has apologised to the Blues fans in recent days as he confirmed he would be interested in the vacancy.

Director of football Marcel Brands is set to make contact with candidates in the coming days, with Moshiri in his ear over Benitez.

Talks are therefore likely to be held with the former Liverpool manager this week.