By Tom Blackburn

Everton are moving closer to signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to a report.

The Toffees have been linked with Carvalho numerous times this summer, with boss Ronald Koeman keen on adding a defensive midfielder to his squad.

Portuguese newspaper Record claim that Everton are showing great interest but they are relectant to pay more than £20million.

Carvalho only signed a new Sporting contract earlier in the year which keeps him at the club until 2020, and the club inserted a £35million release clause into the deal.

The 24-year-old helped Portugal lift the Euro 2016 trophy eight days ago, as he played the full 120 minutes in a 1-0 victory over hosts France.

Carvalho played a prominent role in this summer’s tournament for Portugal, starting five of the seven games.

The player burst on to the International stage at the Under-21s European Championships last summer, where he was named as the Player of the tournament for his solid performances.

The midfield powerhouse rose through the Sporting ranks as a youth player and has been a main figure during the last three seasons, after loan spells at Fatima and Circle Brugge as a youngster.

In other Everton transfer news, they are set to lose out to their Premier League rivals for a Euro 2016 striker.