By Kieran Maguire

24th Jan, 2021 | 8:00pm

'I've Heard...' - Finance Wiz shares £45m Everton transfer claim

Kieran Maguire has “heard” Everton target Tariq Lamptey earns around £40,000 a week at Brighton — and claims it will cost around £45million to sign him.

The football finance expert and new Football Insider columnist spoke exclusively after The Athletic’s David Ornstein revealed that Everton were interested in signing the 20-year-old right-back.

There is also said to be interest from Manchester City and Arsenal despite the youngster having only signed a new deal on 17 January.

Maguire believes that Lamptey’s new contract will not be a “non-issue” for a team with the financial muscle of Everton.

He also pointed to Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a reference point for the kind of fee Everton would need to shell out if a deal was to come to fruition.

Asked about the England Under-21 international’s new deal at the Amex, he told Football Insider: “It’s estimated at £40,000 a week. That would be about right, as far as what I’ve heard.

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“The only issue would be if there is a release clause in the contract.

“If you look at the benchmark, Aaron Wan Bissaka went from Palace to Manchester United for £45million, I would imagine that’s going to be the ballpark figure in terms of a transfer.

“The new deal is a non-issue. It protects the player in that it guarantees him money in the event of a serious injury. It also keeps him happier as he’s now seen as a key part of the first-team squad and he’s being remunerated as such.

“But that kind of money is chicken feed for clubs like Everton. So it will not be an issue at all as far as potential suitors are concerned.

“I don’t know if Chelsea have a buyback clause but I think they’re probably on a share of the profits.”

Everton have switched between Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny at right-back this season.

With Coleman now 32-years-old and Holgate’s prefered position at centre-back, it is not surprising to see the Toffees linked with alternative options.

In other news, a top pundit has admitted to being blown away by Everton’s club-record commercial deal.