Brighton have had a £10million bid rejected for Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney as Everton join the hunt to snap up the Denmark international in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Tottenham are also interested in the 26-year-old, who is said to be valued at £16.8million by the Bundesliga club.
It is understood that Everton’s Premier League rivals Brighton have made an early offer in order to fend off others in the chase for Delaney’s signature, however it has fell short of Werder Bremen’s asking price.
The Toffees are said to have made an £8million bid for Delaney last year, and they have since continued to keep close tabs on the Dane.
Football Insider verdict
Everton are well stocked in the central midfield and it would not make a lot of sense for them to go after Delaney as one of their top targets in the summer. Brighton seem very intent on getting the ex-Copenhagen midfielder snapped up by making this early bid, so it would seem logical that the south coast club will beat Everton and Spurs to his signature. Delaney seems like a ready-made player for the Premier League. His highly-energetic displays as a box-to-box midfielder would go down well for a team who is expected to fend off relegation next season. He has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Werder Bremen this season, who play in Germany’s top-flight. The Dane has scored three goals, supplied six assists and at times has been handed the captain’s armband. He’s a good player, but is not someone who Everton need and Steve Walsh should be looking elsewhere.