By Dominic Toner
Everton have entered the race for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Toffees are interested in signing the 23-year-old in the summer, when he will have just a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
It is understood that Everton manager Ronald Koeman is an admirer of the England international and is ready to challenge Premier League rivals Manchester City for his signature.
However, The Daily Mirror also reported on Saturday that Oxlade-Chamberlain was a £30million target for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed to attract a number of top-flight suitors despite drifting in and out of the Arsenal starting line-up this season.
The versatile midfielder is a right winger by trade, but has enjoyed much more success in the centre of the park in recent games.
He has managed to force his way into the starting XI as a central midfielder and has shown his great range of passing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is regarded has been regarded as one of England’s most talented footballers in the past and has now racked up 182 appearances for the Gunners.
However, he is still battling for a starting position under Wenger and has failed to live up to the big expectation on his shoulders.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton will need to continue to improve their squad if they are to break into the ‘top six’ next season and a player like Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a fantastic signing. The 23-year-old is still yet to fully grow into his massive potential and Koeman could certainly get the best out of him. He has proved that he can be a top player in the Premier League and just needs a settled position. The Toffees would be pulling off a huge coup if they can sign Oxlade-Chamberlain, but in reality they will probably miss out on him. Big interest from the two Manchester clubs suggests that he is a quality player and he is set to succeed if he leaves Arsenal.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are eyeing a striker who is on £230,000-a-week.