Everton join race for £30m-rated playmaker (not Sigurdsson or Klaassen) - reports
By Danny Wright
Everton have joined the race to sign West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Ronald Koeman is looking for new creative players with it being understood that Ross Barkley’s days at Goodison Park may be numbered.
The England international has been told by Koeman to sign a new contract or be sold by the Toffees as he enters the final year of his current deal.
West Ham are insisting that Lanzini is not for sale though, after playing a big part in Slaven Bilic’s squad after Dimitri Payet was sold to Marseille in January.
A separate report in the Mirror says that Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal are also in the race to sign the 24-year-old, who is rated at £30million.
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It is understood that Spurs have made contact with the Irons over a possible summer move.
Koeman is said to still be after Swansea attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who could cost him £25million while another report in the Mirror claims that Ajax’s Davy Klaassen has been personally scouted by the Toffees boss.
Lanzini has scored eight goals and supplied two assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for West Ham this term.
The former Argentina Under-20 international was signed by the Hammers for £9.4million in March 2016 after impressing during an initial loan spell from UAE outfit Al Jazira Club.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton are being linked with a number of attacking midfielders and it’s mainly because of Barkley stalling out his contract talks. The 23-year-old doesn’t have a lot of time left to put pen to paper on a new deal and you cannot blame Koeman for beginning to look at new options to fill the void he could leave in the summer. Lanzini is a decent player but he is a bit too inconsistent for what Everton should be looking for. He also lacks European experience, which is something that a player like Klaassen can boast while Sigurdsson would have a much bigger understanding of the Premier League. There are definitely better options out there for the Toffees than Lanzini.
In other Everton news, Koeman is set to make an emphatic decision on the future of several senior players this week.