When thinking of those to turn out for both Everton and Manchester United, who comes to mind?
The most famous example is undeniably Wayne Rooney. A teenage whizzkid at the time of his transfer, Rooney left Goodison Park behind in a mega deal.
Marouane Fellaini was another Toffees player to make a similar leap but more often than not, it’s Everton signing players from Old Trafford.
Whether it’s Tim Howard, Phil Neville or even Peter Beardsley, Everton have had some fantastic servants who have also played in the famous red jersey.
However, the man we want to focus on is a certain Louis Saha. That’s because Everton could sign his fellow Frenchman, Anthony Martial, this summer.
The Toffees have been put off by Martial’s salary demands but with United looking to shunt him from their wage bill, a move could be on the cards.
Should Everton sign Martial?
Kevin Campbell certainly seems to think so as well, urging the Merseyside outfit to sign him on a potential loan deal.
Acquired for £36m from Monaco, Martial made an instant splash in Manchester but his career has gone downhill in recent years. He’s not been a regular starter but he still found the net on seven occasions last term.
Described as “unstoppable” by Stephen Elliot, the attacker has plenty of attributes that stood out in Saha’s game too. Not only have they played for the same club and hail from the same nation but they’re both incredibly quick.
Talking about the retired striker in a feature on These Football Times, Kieran Stewart wrote: “His fantastic first touch, pace and power were allowing him to adjust well to the Premier League.”
Funnily enough, that’s an area of Martial’s game that Saha has praised in the past: “He’s got that speed, that power, he’s got that youth in him so he’ll surprise a lot of defenders because they don’t know him,” the former Everton star once said.
That means that for their respective clubs, they have both scored a goal every 3.3 matches. The comparisons between the duo are clear to see.