By Tom Blackburn
Lyon President Jean Michel Aulus has confirmed that Everton have submitted a bid for winger Rachid Ghezzal.
French newspaper L’Equipe claimed on Tuesday that West Ham had offered for £6.8million plus bonuses for the Lyon attacking midfielder.
The Sun subsequently claimed that Everton manager Ronald Koeman would better the Hammers’ opening bid with a £10million for the Algeria international and was confident of landing the player this week.
Aulus revealed that Everton tabled the Ghezzal bid on Saturday and hinted that his club were ready to accept it.
“With Ghezzal, keeping him will not be easy, there are requests,” Aulas told French Broadcaster RTL on Sunday, as quoted by football site Tribal Football. “Everton made a very attractive offer yesterday.”
The Lyon official Twitter account, on Friday, quoted manager Bruno Genesio as saying that Ghezzal had been ordered to play with the second string amid the transfer speculation.
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The Lyon academy graduate has six Algeria caps, scoring his first goal for El Khadra against Ethiopia.
Ghezzal has made 81 Lyon appearances in all competitions after signing with the French giants when he was just 12 years old.
He made his debut at just 20 years of age against Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona, and has scored 11 goals during his Les Gones career.
Everton have made three signings this summer, with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Swansea skipper Ashley Williams and Aston Villa’s tireless midfielder Idrissa Gueye all being welcomed through the Goodison Park gates.
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