Jul 052014

Manchester City will offer Everton FC £25m plus Jack Rodwell in an attempt to lure Ross Barkley to the Etihad, reports the Daily Mirror .

Barkley, 20, had a breakthrough campaign at Goodison Park last season and the youngster’s form has alerted a whole host of top clubs.

Manuel Pellegrini is aware of the need to bring in homegrown players and could therefore attempt to sign Barkley from the Blues.

However Roberto Martinez will not entertain the idea of selling his star man and will resist any bid for his services. Rodwell, meanwhile, is keen on a permanent move back to Goodison Park.

Everton lead Newcastle in the chase for Lyon star Anthony Lacazette, according to the Daily Express .

The French youngster has yet to agree a new deal with the Ligue 1 side and Martinez is keen to take advantage.

Reports in France suggest Everton are the club closest to securing his signature – with the player’s agent, David Venditelli, admitting that a club “close to the Champions League” has asked about his client.

He told  Le Parisien : “Some English clubs are rushing to the scene.

“If Alexandre leaves, it will be for a team that plays in the Champions League, or at least a team who is very close to being there.”

Everton will also compete with Newcastle to sign Sturm Graz midfielder, and Bosnian World Cup star, Anel Hadzic reports the Shields Gazette .

The Magpies are set to open talks with the 24-year-old as his contract runs into the final 12 months.

The player admits he is attracting interest from the Premier League and says his future could be resolved in the coming days.

Hadzic said: “I do have a specific offer from a club in the Italian top division and my representatives informed me yesterday that two clubs in England are interested in my services.

“However, I can’t discuss any names. Everything should be clear in the next five or six days.”

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