CROATIAN international Daniel Pranjic says he would be “honoured” to play for Everton and has sparked transfer speculation by adding that he expects “concrete developments” this week.
The 31-year-old is a free agent after being released by Bayern Munich, and could be lined up as a replacement for Steven Pienaar if the Blues can’t agree terms with Tottenham over a permanent deal for the South African who sparkled on loan last season.
Pranjic is currently on holiday after his Euro2012 exertions, but he told Croat newspaper Sportske Novosti: “I am honoured that such a successful coach wants to sign me, and would be honoured to play for a club like Everton with such a rich history.”
“We were very close to completing a deal in January, but then Bayern prevented it going through. I can’t say that everything is finished, but next week I’m expecting some concrete developments.
“I’m hungry to play again, to fight with my team-mates for success, to play for the fans. I missed all that sitting on the bench at Bayern.
“I’m 31 years old and physically I feel perfect. I have reached my maturation point as a player and as a person, and I think I’m capable of producing the best form of my career.”
The Croatian international is also attracting interest from Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, France and Italy and seemed to have his heart set on a move to China in May before that fell through.
Predominantly a midfielder, Pranjic was also asked to play a more defensive role by Croat coach and former Everton defender Slaven Bilic.
Everton report back for pre-season training on Thursday and the Blues will hope to have at least one new face on show, with Steven Naismith keen to join former Rangers’ team-mates Steven Whittaker and Kyle Lafferty in an Ibrox exodus.
Whittaker joined Norwich this weekend while Lafferty signed for Swiss club Sion.