Winger heads for deadline-day medical as Everton to smash transfer record - report
By Harvey Byrne
Everton are close to agreeing a club-record deal for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Everton have offered a deal worth £35million and talks are ongoing with the Portugese club to thrash out an agreement.
It is said that Porto are yet to accept the Merseysiders’ offer but the two clubs are expected to agree a fee for the 26-year-old, who is expected to complete a medical with Ronald Koeman’s team on Wednesday.
The Guardian report that Koeman is still looking for more attacking reinforcements after bringing in Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace in a £25million deal earlier in the window.
The former Southampton boss has targeted Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini as well as Brahimi, but progress for the former has stalled with the transfer deadline looming at 11pm on Wednesday.
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However, it is understood by the Guardian that a deal could still be reached for the Italian after an offer was made by Everton of around £16million earlier in the week.
The deal for Brahimi will comfortably beat Everton’s transfer record, which came in the summer of 2014 when they paid £28million to sign Romelu Lukaku.
Brahimi has three years left on his current contract with Porto after signing from Granada in the summer of 2014.
He starred in 44 encounters in all competitions last season scoring nine goals and providing ten assists.
However, Porto are three matches into their new Primeira Liga campaign and Brhaimi, who is currently on international duty with Algeria has not featured in the new season.
In other Everton transfer news, Toffees striker Shani Tarashaj has joined Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan.