By Joe Nelson
Everton have had a £22million bid for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini rejected, according to a report.
Italian outlet Gazza Mercato claim that the Merseyside club offer an initial £17.3million plus £4.3million in add-ons for the 24-year-old.
It is said that Napoli are unwilling to sell the striker after losing Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus and failing in a bid to land Maurco Icardi from Inter Milan as a replacement.
The Toffees are looking to bring in another striker to help Romelu Lukaku up front in their hunt for a European spot this season.
The report suggests that Napoli swiftly rejected the move from Everton and that they want to tie down the Italian to a new long-term deal at the club.
The Partenopei are set to offer Gabbiadini a new five-year contract worth £2.2million per season. Although he is willing to renew, the former Sampdoria striker is reportedly holding out for an extra £0.9million a year.
Gabbiadini has scored 20 goals in 60 appearances for Napoli since his move in 2015, including four goals in just six Europa League matches last season.
The striker, who graduated through Atlanta’s youth academy, has also scored a goal for the Italy national team, which came through a strike against Romania in 2015.
In more Everton transfer news, the Toffees are favourite to land this £30m-rated Premier League winner.