By Tom Blackburn
Everton have had an £8.5million bid for Rachid Ghezzal rejected by Lyon, according to a report.
French newspaper L’Equipe claimed on Tuesday that West Ham had a bid of £6.8million plus bonuses for the Lyon attacking midfielder rejected, while Arsenal are also said to be interested.
Football website Goal claim that upon rejecting the new bid from Everton, Lyon have put a price of £13million on Ghezzal’s head.
The Lyon official Twitter account, on Friday, quoted manager Bruno Genesio as saying that Ghezzal has been ordered to play with the second string amid transfer speculation.
Club president Jean-Michel Aulas told L’Equipe, via Sky Sports, that Ghezzal wants to stay at the club but admits there is interest in the 24-year-old.
“I like Rachid a lot. It would be really good if we might be able to reach an agreement. We have received offers for him, including the one from West Ham.
“I know that Rachid doesn’t want to leave Lyon so we have to find an agreement so as not to remain in a situation that’s not good for either of the two parties involved.”
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.
In other Everton transfer news, they will soon complete two deals worth £48million with one transfer secured on Friday.