Report: Everton table mega bid for 27-year-old, another £5m will seal the deal
By Alex Stevens
Everton have had a £19million bid rejected by Manchester United for Morgan Schneiderlin, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that it will take another £5million for the Merseysiders to clinch the signing of the midfield anchorman who played for Ronald Koeman at Southampton.
It is said that United are unwilling to allow Schneiderlin to leave for a cut-price fee even though he has been on the fringes of the squad under Jose Mourinho.
United are holding out for £24million for the 27-year-old, who joined for that price from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
Schneiderlin has also attracted interest from West Brom, with reports that the Midlands outfit tabled a bid last week for a figure of between £13million and £18million.
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The Telegraph report that there is confidence within the Everton ranks that the France international would prefer to move to Goodison Park and link up again with Koeman, a manager he knows and trusts.
It is expected that Everton, who are bankrolled by billionaire majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, will improve on their mega bid with a second offer for Schneiderlin.
The Frenchman has not started a Premier League match this season for United, who beat West Ham 2-0 on Monday to secure their sixth consecutive league win and their seventh in all competitions.
In all competitions, Schneiderlin has made just eight appearances for United this season, with his last competitive action coming on 19 November in a clear sign he no longer figures in Mourinho’s plans.
In other Everton transfer news, a midfielder has signed after the Merseysiders settled terms.