Everton have reached an agreement with Leeds United over the sale of Wilfried Gnonto.
That’s according to sportitalia, who have reported that the winger is ‘very close’ to joining the Toffees after weeks of interest.
Gnonto attracted interest from Everton, Aston Villa and clubs in Italy after his exciting breakthrough campaign at Elland Road last season.
The Whites’ relegation to the Championship left the club vulnerable to losing their star man, with Gnonto reportedly eager to return to the top flight.
Everton were previously claimed to be leading the race for his signature and it appears they have now succeeded, with the winger heading in the direction of Merseyside this summer.
Sean Dyche has long been an admirer of Gnonto, having complimented his performance as Everton beat Leeds 1-0 back in February.
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Speaking to evertontv, Dyche said: “Gnonto’s been playing very well for them, and he [Seamus Coleman] shut him down very quickly.”
Coleman will now be glad to play alongside Gnonto rather than up against him.
Everton may have a bargain in Wilfried Gnonto
Sportitalia previously reported that Leeds United would demand around £21.5 million for Wilfried Gnonto, which seemed like a reasonable price in itself.
They have now claimed that Everton will cough up €22m (£18.8m) as they near a move for the Italian this summer.
Gnonto has only had one year in the Premier League but has showed his promise and talent at only 19 years old. The teenager could be well on his way to becoming a brilliant player under the right manager.
If Sean Dyche can bring out Gnonto’s potential at Goodison Park then paying less than £20m for him could prove to be a huge bargain.
Though little has been said about how Everton are funding this potential move, but fans can probably expect some outgoings to help balance the books.