Transfer insider Dean Jones was shocked when Everton was beaten against signing promising striker Matthew Hoppe during the summer transfer window.
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The US international Hoppe moved to new fields last week when he left the German club Schalke for La Liga club Real Mallorca on the day of the transfer deadline, where he signed a four-year contract.
The 20-year-old played 25 games for Schalke, scoring six goals and providing one assist.
Just a few days before he secured his move to Mallorca, he also worked for his previous employers.
Hoppe was associated with Premier League clubs before leaving Schalke.
The front man, who has already been capped five times by the US, was on Arsenal’s radar, according to reporter Grant Wahl.
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What did Dean Jones say about Hoppe?
Jones received regular updates on Hoppe’s future during the summer transfer window and was surprised to see the striker move to La Liga.
Together with Hoppe’s representatives, he was sure that a move to the top English division was imminent.
Jones told GMS, “To be honest, I thought Everton was the one.
“Half of the clubs in the Premier League have contacted his people. His agents really expected him to end up in the Premier League and it was quite a surprise that he went to Mallorca.
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“I think it could have something to do with the owners in Mallorca. As far as I know, it could have played a role in his move in the short term.
“He’s such a great talent that I think he would have been a good option in the Premier League.”
What did Everton do after missing Hoppe?
Rafa Benitez, who succeeded Carlo Ancelotti in June, has been relatively busy in the early stages of the transfer window.
He quickly moved to sign Andros Townsend after his Crystal Palace contract expired, while Asmir Begovic came from Bournemouth to the championship.
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Demarai Gray then returned home by making a £ 1.5m move from Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen.
Andy Lonergan also teamed up with the Goodison Park outfit before Benitez finally brought in a striker on the deadline.
Salomon Rondon, who played under Benitez at Newcastle United and the Chinese Super League team Dalian Professional, signed a two-year deal shortly before the transfer market closed.
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