Odds slashed: Everton installed favourites to sign Premier League winner
By Harvey Byrne
Everton have been installed as the favourites to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer.
The England international had his odds slashed to 11/8 by betting company Sky Bet on Sunday evening to make a move to Goodison Park.
However, the goalkeeper is still tipped to remain at Manchester City, with his odds placed at 8/15.
Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool are second favourites to bring the 29-year-old keeper to their club at 12/1, ahead of French giants PSG and West Ham, who are both 28/1 to land him in this summer’s window.
The change in odds come after the goalkeeper was left on the bench in City’s season opener against Sunderland on Saturday.
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Hart, who still has three-years left on his current contract, was left to sit on the bench as new manager Pep Guardiola opted for the more experienced Willy Caballero.
Ronald Koeman revealed after Saturday’s game against Tottenham that the Toffees are close to sealing three new signings.
One is almost certainly to be Yannick Bolasie after Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew admitted the winger was “close” to joining the Merseysiders.
There is a strong possibility that one of the two others is Lamine Kone after Sunderland manager David Moyes admitted on Friday that Everton had submitted an £18million bid for the centre-back.
It is clear that Koeman is looking to add some Premier League experience to his squad after the additions of Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams and Hart’s name could be the next one to add to the Dutch manager’s new-look squad.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are ready to outspend West Ham to win the signature of Lyon playmaker Rachid Ghezzal.