Everton still have a way to go in their pursuit of Wilfried Gnonto.
That’s according to Alan Myers, who has claimed Everton are still far from signing the Leeds United forward despite reports.
The Toffees have been linked with a move for Gnonto all month following the Whites’ relegation to the Championship.
A year after Leeds paid only £3.8 million for the teenager, they will now demand around £20m for his signature – though reports claim they are also keen to tie him down to a new contract.
The Yorkshire outfit are aware of Gnonto’s huge talent, with former caretaker boss, Michael Skubala, calling him a ‘special’ player after his goal against Manchester United in February – though they will have a task on their hands to keep him at the club.
It has been unclear how far Everton were progressing in their pursuit of the winger, with some reports claiming they had had a bid rejected and others claiming they are yet to make a concrete move.
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Myers has now offered supporters more disappointing news when asked how advanced negotiations were between Everton and Leeds United. The Sky Sports journalist replied: “I wouldn’t say close”.
Gnonto also previously claimed that the Merseyside club are closing in on another attacking signing this weekend once the Arnaut Danjuma deal is complete.
However, he admitted the player closing in on a switch to Goodison Park wasn’t Gnonto – who remains at Elland Road for the time being.
Will Everton pay the £20m fee for Wilfried Gnonto?
Wilfried Gnonto has long been linked with Everton since the season came to a close, however it looks like they still haven’t made an offer to sign him.
With the Toffees still showing interest in a number of other forwards, while they have reportedly already advanced their pursuits of Danjuma and the unnamed forward.
This could perhaps suggest Everton simply can’t afford Leeds United’s demands or the two clubs are failing to come to any sort of agreement.
This current transfer saga certainly seems to be dragging on for a deal that appears to be nowhere near being done.