By Pete O'Rourke

29th Jan, 2020 | 10:10am

Exclusive: Everton make approach to sign £14m-valued Serie A star rejected by Moyes

Everton have made an approach to sign Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, Football Insider can reveal.

The Leeds United academy product, 21, is available in the final days of this window for a fee of around £14million as the possibility grows he may head back to England.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that the club have made enquiries for a player who manager Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer of after watching regularly in the Italian league.

Vieira has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs over the last week, including West Ham.

As revealed by Football Insider, their manager David Moyes – the ex-Everton boss – knocked back the chance to sign Vieira in this window and is instead tying up the signing of Czech international midfielder Tomas Soucek today.

Everton are also in the market for new central midfield talent despite buying two senior players in that position last summer, Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph.

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Vieira made his name at Leeds in the Championship after emerging from their ranks to play 71 times for them before moving to Italy in 2018 for around £7m.

He has been a regular for Sampdoria this season, with 16 Serie A starts among 21 appearances in all competitions.

Capped by England three times at Under-21 level, he is an athletic and industrious midfielder who has already accumulated over 100 senior appearances.

In other Everton news, Kevin Phillips has exclusively told Football Insider it’s time for the club to DUMP midfielder signed for huge money.