By Russell Edge
Everton are close to securing the signature of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez having agreed personal terms ahead of a £5m move, according to a report.
The Times report that the Toffees have settled on an agreement after activating the 21-year-old’s £5m release clause.
Sandro has enjoyed a fruitful campaign at Malaga, netting 14 times, including five in his last four games, since his move from Barcelona in 2016.
This impressive form has seen the striker called up to the Spain U21 squad, where he has gone on to make three appearances.
Everton did face a fight for the 21-year-old, with the Daily Star reporting that fellow Premier League side Tottenham were in the hunt for his signature.
However it appears that Ronald Koeman has secured his man, who turned down a contract offer from Spanish side Sevilla in favour of a Premier League move.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton were always going to be in the market for a new striker this summer, with on-loan striker Enner Valencia and Arouna Kone unable to find form to take the pressure off main man Romelu Lukaku. To have seemingly secured the signing of a 14-goal forward for just £5m is impressive work from Ronald Koeman and the rest of his team. There would have been many suitors for the 21-year-old, who has his best years ahead of him, so it may be considered somewhat of a coup. Meanwhile, the player is getting his desire to play Premier League football, and at such a young age will be able to develop the skills needed to succeed for both club and country.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees face a fight to secure another forward.