Everton have joined a host of Premier League clubs in the race for West Brom striker Saido Berahino – that’s according to reports today.
The England man is reportedly interesting the likes of Newcastle and Southampton, as well as Roberto Martinez, but it is Manchester City who are in pole position to sign the striker.
Berahino is set to be offered a new contract to make him the highest paid player at The Hawthorns on around £50,000 a week, and one stumbling block for Everton could be the reported transfer fee of around £20m.
The 21-year-old scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season, establishing himself as one of the best English strikers in the league.
The Toffees are also being linked with AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari, with the Ghanaian expected to leave the San Siro this summer.
Muntari has played just 17 times for Milan this season and has Premier League experience after spells with both Portsmouth and Sunderland.
The Italian press report that Muntari is now in talks with Everton over a move to Goodison Park and, despite being 30, he could give Everton’s midfield extra energy.
Muntari’s contract at Milan runs out next summer, so Everton could land the midfielder on a cut price deal. He has scored 11 goals in 70 appearances since moving to Italy in 2012. He also had a spell at Inter Milan from 2008 to 2011.
Muntari has 83 caps for Ghana, scoring 21 goals.
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And finally, Everton are inching close to a deal to sign Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, that is reported by the Daily Star.
Evans is set to be sold by Manchester United this summer and with Sylvain Distin leaving Everton after the expiry of his contract, Evans could provide extra cover and experience in the heart of defence.
Evans is also said to be interesting Sunderland, Aston Villa and Spurs, and the 27-year-old is said to have a valuation of just £5m.
The Northern Irishman has made almost 200 appearances for Manchester United, but this season he’s made just 11 appearances in all competitions and even served a ban earlier this year for spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.
Evans is said to favour staying in the North West, making Everton favourites for his signature.
In pictures: The players who have been linked with a move to Goodison Park