Moussa Dembele according to punters, have been backed to join the Merseyside this January.

With Everton on the lookout for a new striker in the January transfer window, punters have backed Celtic’s Moussa Dembele to move to the Goodison Park but does the young Frenchman fit the bill for the Everton needs?

Oddschecker have revealed that 58% of bets on the striker’s destination in January have backed to join Everton while the talent-spotter who signed him to Celtic claims he has been contacted by the Toffees over a potential deal.

David Moss, former Celtic head of scouting, reveals the Premier League giants contacted him for a character check on Dembele, to which he replied them:

“Don’t even blink, don’t even think about it, sign him – it’s a no-brainer.”

Dembele – who was linked with a move to Goodison while at previous club Fulham – joined the Scottish champions of the past six seasons in a £3million deal in 2016.

Since joining Celtic from Championship side Fulham, Dembele has netted 40 goals in 70 appearances for the Bhoys across all competition but due to hamstring problems this season, he scored eight goals in all competitions of which just four have been in the Scottish Premiership.

Despite the strong interest over a proposed move to Everton – who failed to sign a high-profile replacement for Romelu Lukaku over the summer – bookies are backing reigning Premier League champions Champions Chelsea are favourites to sign the young French striker.

Bet Victor priced Dembele at 8/1 for a west London move with a move to Chelsea while Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Hove Albion and Serie side Fiorentina are 10/1 shots to be his port of call once the January transfer window closes.

Everton are rated at 12/1 alongside David Moyes’ West Ham United and their fellow Londoners rivals Crystal Palace.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said:

“Celtic will be doing everything in their power to keep hold of wonder kid Dembele, but Everton have shown recently that they are happy to pay over the odds to land their targets.”

“Chelsea, who were linked strongly to the striker in the summer, could well reignite their interest should Everton’s advances be entertained.”