Premier League transfer round-up: Everton make early signing as window re-opens
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Everton are reportedly closing in on an agreement to sign Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa. The Toffees have already added Vitalii Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson this month to strengthen Rafa Benitez’s options at full back.
But their business isn’t expected to end there with the Spaniard keen to add another wide player to his squad.
El Ghazi has emerged as the top target with Aston Villa seemingly willing to listen to offers.
There had originally been reports that Everton’s interest in El Ghazi could be linked with Villa wanting Lucas Digne.
However, it appears as though any deal for either player will be separate from one another.
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And Everton look likely to strike first with talkSPORT reporting they are ‘on the brink’ of completing a £15m for El Ghazi.
El Ghazi joined Villa in 2018 on loan and played a crucial role in helping them earn promotion to the Premier League before his move was made permanent.
The Dutchman enjoyed his best season in front of goal last season with 11 goals in all competitions.
But he’s fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park under Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho’s arrival will only limit El Ghazi’s minutes further.
Leon Bailey is also set to return from injury in the near future, giving Gerrard more options in the wide areas.
For Everton, they’re desperate to bring in players this month capable of providing a stronger goal threat.
They’ve scored just 23 league goals so far and are without a win in the top flight since early December.
While reports indicate any move for El Ghazi is unlikely to be a swap deal for Digne, the Everton full-back is expected to leave this month.
Villa are being tipped as the favourites with Digne supposedly uninterested in a move to Newcastle.
Speaking last week, Benitez confirmed that Digne made it clear he wants to leave this month.
And Steven Gerrard dropped the biggest hint yet that Villa are closing in on a move for the 28-year-old after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United.
“We are working hard on targets,” he said.
“It is not respectful to mention any names but there is no smoke without fire and we want to try and improve certain areas of our team and our squad.”
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