By Derek Smithson
Everton are one of six clubs to make a firm offer for Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore, according to a report.
French outlet Foot Mercato claim that the Toffees, West Ham, Borussia Monchengladbach, Lille, Lyon and Schalke have all submitted offers for the 21-year-old.
It is understood that one of them made an offer in the region of £14.84million, but it’s believed that Chelsea are looking for £17.4million.
Traore spent last season on loan at Dutch club Ajax and impressed as they finished second in the league, while also reaching a Europa League final.
The right winger made 39 appearances across all competitions, scoring 13 goals and supplying six assists in return.
He is one of many players to be loaned out from Stamford Bridge and his performances at Ajax have seen several clubs circle for his signature.
Traore has had a brief spell in the Chelsea first team and he managed four goals in 16 appearances, but Antonio Conte has a highly competitive squad.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton need to strengthen over the summer if they want to keep in contact with the Premier League’s top-six clubs and could do with some more ammunition in attack. Traore has proven in Holland that he can be useful in front of goal and also showcased his talents in the Europa League, before Ajax were eventually beaten Manchester United in the final. The winger has blistering pace and makes it look effortless the way he dribbles past defenders. He is certainly not yet the finished article and Chelsea will be sceptical about whether he could make an impact in the first team, but Ronald Koeman should try to beat rivals to his signature. They may have money to spend if they lose Romelu Lukaku and could spend part of that bringing in exciting talent Traore.
In other Everton transfer news, they are plotting a £12.2million bid for a La Liga defender.