By Alex Stevens
Phil Jagielka is ready to quit Everton this week after 10 years at the club, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the Goodison Park skipper is preparing to end his lengthy association with the club after being demoted over the last month by manager Ronald Koeman.
It is said that Bournemouth, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton are in the frame to sign the centre-back, 34.
The Mail report that Jagielka held out for talks with Everton chiefs to discuss his future due to growing uncertainty about his position under Koeman.
The 40-times England international is an immensely popular player at Goodison Park and has been a mainstay of the defence since joining from Sheffield United in the summer of 2007.
But he has been an unused substitute in three of the last four Everton matches and his 337th appearance for the club on Saturday was only as a final-minute replacement as Koeman’s side closed out a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Everton are on a roll after winning their last three Premier League matches – against Palace, Manchester City and Southampton – and Jagielka faces a tough battle to regain his place.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should hang on to Jagielka at least until the end of the season as they are short of proven options at centre-back. Koeman has preferred a three-man defence recently, with Ashley Williams, Mason Holgate and Ramiro Funes Mori all impressing. But the Dutchman is going to need the experience of Jagielka during the remainder of the season and it’s important he has several options in defence if he continues with a three-man set-up. The 34-year-old has been a fine servant to Everton over the last decade and still has plenty to offer in terms of experience and leadership even though his best days are behind him. Koeman is trying to build a strong side that can regularly compete for a top-four spot and, while Jagielka is not the long-term solution to their ambitions, he can certainly do a sound job this season.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have tabled a mega striker offer.