By Danny Wright
Everton are willing to activate the release clause of Las Palmas attacker Jonathan Viera, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Marca claims that the Toffees have already made contact with the La Liga club about the 27-year-old, who is also on the radar of Newcastle and Swansea.
It is understood that the Swans have already seen a bid worth £22.1million rejected for Viera, as Las Palmas hold out to receive the player’s release clause, which is said to be worth £26.5million.
Marca adds that Las Palmas are intent on keeping hold of Viera, who proved pivotal in their La Liga campaign last season as he scored seven goals and supplied eight assists in 31 league appearances.
He ran riot in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in March as he found the net and set up one of his team-mates for a goal.
Despite Las Palmas’ desperation to keep hold of their main man, it is also reported that he could be forced to consider leaving with a £67,000-a-week contract said to be on the cards if he moved to either Goodison Park or the Liberty Stadium.
Football Insider Verdict
Ronald Koeman has been ruthless in the transfer market this summer and former Spain Under-21 international Viera could become one of his most expensive buys. The Toffees have strengthen all aspects of their squad, but are yet to bring in an attack-minded winger who can play out wide and supply assists to his new striker Sandro Ramirez. The pair both hail from the same country so could strike up quite a partnership in front of goal, much like Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku did in the first half of last season. Everton fans must be getting excited about the upcoming Premier League campaign after all this activity, but Koeman has to ensure that he doesn’t bring in too many new faces and upset the existing squad members.
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