Everton to offer attacker £100,000-a-week deal after £12m bid accepted - report
By Alex Stevens
Everton are to make a new concerted push to sign Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal by offering him a £100,000-a-week contract, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseyside club have turned their attention to prising the attacker from Ligue 1 after failing with a bid to land him last summer.
It is said that Everton regard the Algeria international, 24, as the ideal replacement for the injured Yannick Bolasie and will offer him the huge six-figure pay packet each week to win his signature.
The Sun report that Everton had a £12million bid accepted for Ghezzal by Lyon last summer but the player rejected the move “because he wanted to sign for a bigger club”.
Ronald Koeman’s cash-rich side are ready to return to the negotiating table to press ahead with a move for the 10-times Algeria international, who is out of contract at the French club in the summer.
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Ghezzal, who is predominantly used on the right wing, has a growing reputation as one of the most inventive players in the French league.
He has scored two goals and supplied five assists in 19 matches for Lyon this season after a sensational 2015/16 campaign that yielded 10 goals and nine assists in 38 appearances for the club.
In total, he has made 100 appearances for Lyon, scoring 13 goals and providing 18 assists.
Koeman is said to be on the lookout for a wide attacking player after giving the green light for Gerard Deulofeu to join AC Milan, and losing Bolasie to a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for 12 months.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman is getting serious about pushing through this £47million signing in the coming days.