Everton target closing in on £30m deal - report

By Tom Blackburn

Everton target Axel Witsel is edging closer to joining Inter Milan after Napoli abandoned their hunt for the midfielder, according to a report.

Football Insider reported on Wednesday that Everton would reignite their hopes of signing the Euro 2016 ace, but it appears Inter are in pole position.

Italian sport site TuttoSport claim the deal will be worth £18.5million plus add ons.

Ronald Koeman’s side had been hopeful that the 27-year-old would become their first marquee signing of what is shaping up to be a record-breaking spending spree this summer.

It has been reported that Everton have offered £30million for the midfielder as well as a £100,000-a-week-plus contract.

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Witsel was with the Belgium national side up until 14 days ago when they were spectacularly knocked out by Wales in the quarter-finals.

The combative midfielder has already made it clear to his club that he wants to leave after four years in Russia and has now entered the final year of his Zenit contract.

Witsel impressed his suitors again this season, particularly in the Champions League as Zenit dominated their group and made it to the last-16.

In other Everton transfer news, they are lining up a bid for an international defender, with Koeman keen on a reunion.