Medical on Friday: Everton close in on second January signing as player heads in - report
By Alex Stevens
Morgan Schneiderlin is set to undergo a medical at Everton on Friday afternoon, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Manchester United midfielder is heading to the Merseyside club’s headquarters to put the finishing touches to what is expected to be a £20million-plus transfer.
It is said that Schneiderlin has agreed personal terms with Everton but the two clubs have still not agreed the transfer fee and discussions over the cost are continuing.
Nevertheless, it appears that Everton are confident they have cleared most of the hurdles to wrapping up the signing of the France international this month.
It has been widely reported that United want to recoup the entire £24million fee they paid for Schneiderlin when they purchased him from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
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West Brom have also been in the running for the central midfielder but Everton have already had a £19million bid rejected and it now appears that they are closing in on their second January signing.
It was announced by Ronald Koeman’s side on Thursday that they had snapped up winger Ademola Lookman from Charlton in a deal costing an initial £7.5million and rising to £11million.
Koeman has made it clear that he wants to significantly strengthen the Everton squad this month and take advantage of the riches of billionaire majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Schneiderlin, 27, has been surplus to requirements at United since Jose Mourinho took over as manager in the summer.
He has not started a Premier League match this season, with all three of his appearances in the competition coming as a substitute.
Football Insider verdict:
Schneiderlin might not be Mourinho’s cup of tea but that does not mean the Frenchman will not be a major asset for Everton. With Gareth Barry about to blow out 36 candles on his birthday cake and James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley not up to scratch, Schneiderlin will bring much-needed energy and mobility to the Goodison engine room and should prove an adept partner for midfield kingpin Idrissa Gueye, the best of Koeman’s summer signings. Schneiderlin is a France international and a proven Premier League performer. He is set to join an ambitious club who suddenly have deep pockets. It is a deal that should benefit all parties.
In the latest Everton transfer news, the club are in talks to sign three midfielder in January, although one deal has hit a stumbling block.