Premier League club Everton eyes Vietnamese forward

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England's Premier League club Everton has shown interest in Vietnamese striker Le Cong Vinh, the club's representative has said.

Steve Darby, who is Vietnam's former national female football team coach, was a spectator at the Hanoi's Hang Day Stadium to watch Vinh play in Hanoi FC's game against Khatoco Khanh Hoa in the third round of the country's top-flight Super League on Saturday.

His club beat visitors Khanh Hoa 4-1 but the 26-year-old Vinh did not make a significant contribution to the home win.

Vinh, whose late header earned Vietnam the ASEAN Football Federation championship in 2008, moved from Song Lam Nghe An to Hanoi T&T in 2009.

He was introduced by Vietnam's then national men's football coach Henrique Calisto to Portugal's top-flight Liga Sagres club Leixoes when the 2009 V-League (currently called Super League) season ended.

However, Vinh did not play very well for Leixoes and returned to play the 2010 V-League season for Hanoi T&T, who won the league championship that year without Vinh's contributing much.

Vinh moved from Hanoi T&T to Hanoi FC at the end of the 2011 season.

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