Report: Everton to outbid West Ham to land 24-year-old playmaker, deal could be completed in days
By Will Butcher
Everton are ready to outspend West Ham to win the signature of Lyon playmaker Rachid Ghezzal, according to a report.
The Sun claim that manage Ronald Koeman will better the Hammers’ opening bid for the Algeria international as they line up an offer of £10million.
It is said that Everton are set to win the race for Ghezzal and Koeman is confident of signing the French-born forward this week.
This comes after French newspaper L’Equipe claimed on Tuesday that West Ham had a bid of £6.8million plus bonuses for the Lyon attacking midfielder rejected.
The Lyon official Twitter account, on Friday, quoted manager Bruno Genesio as saying that Ghezzal has been ordered to play with the second string amid the transfer speculation.
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The Lyon academy graduate has six Algeria caps, scoring his first goal for El Khadra against Ethiopia.
Ghezzal has made 81 Lyon appearances in all competitions after signing with the French giants when he was just 12 years old.
He made his debut at just 20 years of age against Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona, and has scored 11 goals during his Les Gones career.
Everton have made three signings this summer, with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Swansea skipper Ashley Williams and Aston Villa’s tireless midfielder Idrissa Gueye all being welcomed through the Goodison Park gates.
In the latest Everton transfer news, Koeman has revealed that he waiting for the go-ahead to make three further signings.