By Darren Bent

26th Mar, 2020 | 6:00pm

'Everton? He could play straight away' - Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts to Villa star link

Darren Bent claims that Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn would walk into the Everton starting XI were he to move to Goodison Park.

The former Villa and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he would be surprised to see the former Hibernian man sold this summer, especially if Jack Grealish departs.

TEAMtalk report that Everton and Wolves have set their sights on the 25-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window after an impressive first season in the Premier League.

Bent believes that the Scotland international would face a fight to get into the Wolves side but that he has got more than enough quality to go straight into the lineup under Carlo Ancelotti.

Asked about the reported interest, Bent told Football Insider: “If Aston Villa are still in the Premier League I suspect he’d probably stay because he’s one of the main men.

“I can’t see Aston Villa letting Grealish and him go in the same window but both those clubs are good fits for him. Two good sides.

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“You look at Wolves, Wolves are absolutely flying this season. Everton, it looks like he could potentially go there and play straight away – maybe not Wolves but Everton he could play straight away.” 

McGinn has played 20 times for the Villans this season, a fractured ankle keeping him on the sidelines since December.

Everton boss Ancelotti currently has the likes of Andre Gomes, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies as his options in central midfield.

In other Everton news, Noel Whelan has been left raving as Ancelotti pushes to secure a deal for a “great player”.