Everton to increase midfielder bid by £3m to agree deal by Sunday night - report
By Alex Stevens
Everton are to lodge a £22million bid for Morgan Schneiderlin by Sunday night, according to a report.
Football site Squawka claimed on Friday that the Merseysiders would make a fresh offer for the central midfielder “in the next 48 hours” as they aim to agree a fee with Manchester United.
It is said that Ronald Koeman’s side have had a £19million bid for Schneiderlin rejected but will return to the negotiating table in an attempt to thrash out a deal before the weekend is over.
Everton are hoping that the new offer will persuade United to settle on a fee which, coupled with the France international’s desire to move to Goodison Park, will push the deal over the line.
It was reported by the Sun on Friday that Schneiderlin was due at Everton’s Finch Farm training headquarters on Friday afternoon to undergo a medical after agreeing personal terms with the club.
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But it was stated that the two Premier League outfits had still not agreed the transfer fee and discussions over the cost were continuing.
Nevertheless, it appears that Everton are confident they will make Schneiderlin their second major signing of the January transfer window even though United are keen to recoup the £24million fee they paid for the 27-year-old when they purchased him from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
West Brom have also been in the running for the midfield enforcer and have reportedly tabled an £18million bid.
It was announced by Ronald Koeman’s side on Thursday that they had snapped up winger Ademola Lookman from Charlton in a deal costing an initial £7.5million and rising to £11million.
Koeman has made it clear that he wants to significantly strengthen the Everton squad this month and laid into his underperforming players in the wake of their 2-1 FA Cup defeat against Leicester at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Dutchman increased the pressure on the Everton board to use the January window to bring in fresh blood as he explained that it was clear that reinforcements were needed.
Schneiderlin, 27, has been surplus to requirements at United since Jose Mourinho took over as manager in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Schneiderlin might not be Mourinho’s cup of tea but that does not mean the Frenchman will not be a major asset for Everton. With Gareth Barry about to blow out 36 candles on his birthday cake and James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley not up to scratch, Schneiderlin will bring much-needed energy and mobility to the Goodison engine room and should prove an adept partner for midfield kingpin Idrissa Gueye, the best of Koeman’s summer signings. Schneiderlin is a France international and a proven Premier League performer. He is set to join an ambitious club who suddenly have deep pockets. It is a deal that should benefit all parties.
In the latest Everton transfer news, the club are in talks to sign three midfielder in January, although one deal has hit a stumbling block.