By Amir Mir

Idrissa Gueye’s move to Everton has hit a last-minute snag after French side Marseille activated his £7.1 million release clause, according to a report.

ESPN FC claimed on Monday night that the anchor-man was set to seal his deal to the Premier League side within 24 hours after undergoing a medical.

The Birmingham Mail reported early on Tuesday afternoon that a delay over Gueye’s transfer to the Merseyside club have allowed Marseille to meet the asking price for the player.

This latest twist could prevent Everton from making what was expected to be Ronald Koeman’s first major signing.

Gueye was one of a few standout performers for Villa last season, despite the club’s relegation into the Championship.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo revealed that he was resigned to losing the midfielder due to the release clause in the contract that he signed when he moved to Villa Park last summer.

West Ham are also attempting to hijack Everton’s deal for the Senegal international in what appears to now be a possible three-horse race.

Gueye who appeared on 35 occasions for the Midlands club last term made 4 tackles per game in the 2015-16 season, including 140 interceptions all season- only former Leicester City player N’Golo Kante made more.

In other Everton transfer news, they have lost out on a midfielder as he opts to join Premier League rival.