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5 times the name matched the club as Everton are linked with a move for Everton

Everton are reportedly interested in signing their namesake, Gremio and Brazil striker Everton Soares.

Here, the PA news agency unearths five more highly appropriate match-ups from football’s recent history.

Wolfgang Wolf (Wolfsburg)

Surely the game’s greatest destiny was realised in 1998 when former Kaiserslautern defender Wolfgang Wolf was appointed manager of Wolfsburg. Inevitably it proved a match made in heaven, as Wolf established the club as a Bundesliga force during his five-year tenure before being axed in 2003.

Fernando De Napoli (Napoli)

Fernando De Napoli

Fernando De Napoli’s name went down well (Steven Paston/PA)

Diego Maradona may be routinely credited as the architect of Napoli’s golden age, but he had no more fitting a team-mate than midfielder Fernando De Napoli. Signed from nearby Avelino in 1988, De Napoli’s six-year spell with the club yielded two Scudettos, a UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italia.

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger was a good fit for the Gunners (Mike Egerton/PA)

According to an online baby names database, “Arsene” is proud and ambitious, as well as exuding “a combination of charm and elegance”. No doubt the site gave reassurance to the Gunners prior to their appointment of Wenger in 1996. They weren’t wrong. Wenger departed 18 years later with his name written well and truly over the club’s hearts. But then, it had been all along.

Unai Bilbao (Bilbao Athletic)

Unai who? Bilbao must have thought he was on to something when he side for the eponymous Spanish side in 2014. Unfortunately, in four years with the club he never made it beyond their B team, before he was finally put out of his misery and allowed to leave for Mexican club Atletico San Luis in 2018.

Salva Sevilla (Sevilla)

Everton v Espanyol – Pre-Season Friendly – Goodison Park

Salva Sevilla (right) moved on to Espanyol (Barrington Coombs/PA)

The midfielder waded out of Atletico Madrid’s lower-league set-up to join Sevilla in 2005, but departed three years later having failed to make what would have been a fitting breakthrough. He subsequently ended up at rivals Real Betis, where he established himself in the first team and scored a goal against Sevilla in the Europa League in 2014, which must have made for a confusing scoresheet.