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Everton Ready To Offer Irish Midfielder To Land £10m Transfer Target: Right Deal For Everyone?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Everton have made a great start to the transfer market for the new season, bagging two of the best young talents in Europe in the form of Ajax midfielder and skipper Davy Klaassen and English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from the recently relegated side Sunderland.

They are not looking to stop by any means and are on their way to signing Sandro Ramirez from Malaga. The mercurial striker should replace the outgoing Romelu Lukaku, who might be on his way to the defending champion side Chelsea, and has denied penning down a new contract with the Merseyside club.

The Toffees are evidently quite concerned about the fact that their Belgian marksman might not be a part of their squad for the next season. They are looking to bring in a player who can fill in the huge void left by their highest scorer in the last season.

Reportedly, Ronald Koeman, the man in charge at Goodison Park, has been looking to bring in the English youngster Andre Gray from fellow Premier League club Burnley, a striker whom he has been eyeing for quite some time. The 25-year-old has been one of the brightest talents in the current context of English football and has been one of the major factors for his club’s survival in the top flight last season.

Gray has been priced at £10 million by his club Burnley, who might be agreeing to do a swap deal with Everton as well over their midfield enforcer James McCarthy. The Irish midfielder has been left out of the side for a chunk of the last season due to an injury scare and might be offloaded by the Toffees this summer.

The Clarets might be also interested in signing the Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse in place of their English forward Andy Gray. Niasse has been out of favour in the last season under Koeman and was left on loan to Hull City. He is now back at the Merseyside club as the season has ended and Hull has been relegated to the Championship.

However, a swap deal looks to be a distant possibility as the Clarets might be much more interested in bagging £10 million in lieu of Gray and make it a point to bring in some more players to replace him.

Burnley is in no hurry to sell the player, who has 12 more months left on his contract, as they can let him leave on a free transfer after next season.

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