By Alex Stevens
Everton have tabled a £19.2million bid for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini during crunch talks on Friday, according to a report.
Sport Italia television expert Ifredo Pedulla claimed on his website that talks between the two clubs took place in the last few hours about striking a deal.
Gabbiadini’s agent Silvio Pagliar is said to be in England to thrash out an agreement after Everton revived their pursuit of the 24-year-old.
Pedulla reports that Everton have upped their offer to £19.2million but Napoli are holding out for £21.3million.
The Serie A club want to secure a replacement before offloading Gabbiadini, with Fiorentina forward Nikola Kalinic their leading target.
Everton have revived their interest in Gabbiadini after Arsenal beat them to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez after triggering his £17.1million release clause.
Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport had reported that Napoli offered £8.5million plus Gabbiadini for Fiorentina forward Nikola Kalinic, in what appeared a terminal blow to Everton’s hopes of landing the Italy international.
But transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio stated on his website on Thursday night that Napoli “really want” Kalinic and could sign him in a straight cash deal.
Everton are keen to bring in a forward, as Ronald Koeman looks to give main man Romelu Lukaku some competition.
Gabbiadini, 24, has scored 20 goals in 61 appearances for Napoli since his move in January 2015, including four goals in just six Europa League matches last season.
The striker, who graduated through Atlanta’s youth academy, has also scored one goal in his six appearances for the Italy national team, which came against Romania in 2015.
The Italian striker has three years left on his current contract at the Serie A side.
In other Everton transfer news, there has been a twist in the club’s chase for a Premier League defender.