27-year-old on standby to fly to England on Monday to join Everton in £14.5m deal - report
By Harvey Byrne
Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour is on standby to fly to England on Monday to join Everton, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed that the Merseysiders are closing in on the 27-year-old centre-back as Ronald Koeman steps up his overhaul.
It is said that the Everton manager is ready to push the button on an offer of £14.5million plus add-ons and growing hope a deal can be ironed out in the next 24 hours.
Koeman has also targeted Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone but has not yet been able to strike a deal.
Former Goodison Park boss David Moyes does not want to sell Kone and has slapped a £20million price tag on the in-demand defender.
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Koeman is looking to replace John Stones after he left for Manchester City in a £47.5million move earlier this summer.
The Dutch manager admitted in the wake of Everton’s 1-1 Premier League opener against Tottenham on Saturday that he was waiting for the green light on three new signings.
Koeman has already signed Ashley Williams from Swansea, but with Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori his only two other senior options, Abdennour has been lined up to add depth to the squad.
The Tunisia international has four-years left on his current contract and starred in 29 encounters for the La Liga club last campaign in all competitions, including four appearances in the Champions League.
In other Everton transfer news, Manchester United have held informal talks with Southampton over Toffees target Jose Fonte.