Sky sources: Everton attacker transfer still on, two hurdles to overcome from PL rivals
By Harry Sykes
Watford are still interested in signing Everton’s Aaron Lennon this summer, according to Sky Sports sources.
However, there are now two potential hurdles to clear before the move can take place.
It was previously reported by the Liverpool Echo that Watford wanted Lennon on a loan deal and Everton wanted shot of the 30-year-old on a permanent deal.
Sky Sports News report that this is still the case and their sources have also claimed that Lennon’s wages could be another stumbling point for the deal.
They report that Lennon’s wages would be a problem for the Hornets, regardless of the type of deal that is negotiated, and that Lennon would have to be prepared to take a wage cut.
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Lennon is not in Koeman’s plans for the new season after a busy summer transfer window has seen Everton bring in attacking players Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru.
Leading bookies SkyBet still think the deal will go through, with Watford short favourites to sign him at 10/11.
Football Insider verdict:
Aaron Lennon has had a tough time of it recently. The former England international has put in a decent shift for Everton, scoring nine goals in 58 appearances, but he was detained under the mental health act last season, and hasn’t played for the Toffees since February. It’s obvious that he needs a fresh start and we’d hope that Everton wouldn’t stand in his way if Watford are only interested in a loan move. If Lennon was willing to take a pay cut – which he should if he wants to stay in the Premier League – the club could cut him some slack and let him play for a permanent deal at Vicarage Park. This is one deal we hope goes through.