By Joe Nelson
Everton and West Ham United are set to miss out on Rachid Ghezzal, as he has rejected a move to the Premier League in favour of opting to stay at Lyon, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the winger is in talks with the Ligue 1 leaders about staying at the club.
Ghezzal’s deal with Lyon expires next summer and Lyon will be keen to get him to sign a new deal, or risk losing him on a free next summer.
The 24-year-old is said to have turned down Everton due to their lack of European football. The Hammers are favourites to progress in the Europa League, but Ghezzal is still favouring a stay with the French outfit.
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
New Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has already been very active in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of Martin Stekelenburg, Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams, Bassala Sambou and Idrissa Gueye to Goodison Park.
But the Standard’s report also claims that the Toffees have missed out on another winger in the shape of Yacine Brahimi, who has turned down an £18m move to Merseyside.
In other Everton transfer news, this Toffees target has been banned from his club for the rest of August.