It seemed as though all of the Premier League’s big boys were in the hunt for Tottenham’s Danny Rose at some point or another – so Everton not only joining the hunt but leading the charge will come as a big surprise.
The Sun claim that the Toffees are now the frontrunners for the 27-year-old’s capture with many other teams having let their interest wain, and that there is a £40million price tag slapped on the left back’s head.
The England international has struggled with injuries over the past year and there will be many questioning why such a giant fee is being demanded for a man who cannot get into Tottenham’s first team, with Ben Davies now the undisputed starter for Mauricio Pochettino.
However, on his day, the speed machine is a formidable opponent not only in defence but bombing forward with his pace, and his quality down the flank is something most sides could only dream of.
It appears as though Rose has lost his confidence at Spurs and that is something he needs to regain, and a change of scenery could be just the trick.
However, what does it mean for Everton’s current options?
Well, Rose’s arrival would undoubtedly see Leighton Baines’ Goodison Park career come to an end, for the 33-year-old is hardly going to want to play second fiddle, and with a move to the MLS touted, the Everton faithful may well have seen the last of their firm favourite.
Still, Rose has proven to be a different level and if he can remain injury free, then the Toffees will have got their hands on the deal of the summer – regardless of the price tag.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are keen on snapping up a giant between the sticks.