Everton remain interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher this summer, but the England international is not keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Indeed, the Toffees reportedly made a £45m bid for the midfielder back in January though the deal never got off the ground.
Gallagher has stated that he wishes to establish himself at Stamford Bridge, which is ‘not ideal’ for player or club.
That is according to journalist Dean Jones, who spoke exclusively with Give Me Sport, stating: “This is a lad (Gallagher) totally committed to establishing himself at the Bridge and while he will of course be open-minded further down the road if his path is totally backed, he’ll probably be in the starting line-up at the beginning of the season because there are no other options.
I don’t think Everton will totally let go of that hope until the window is closed but from Gallagher’s point of view, it’s not ideal.”
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Jones also states that Everton are just one of a number of clubs chasing Gallagher’s signature this summer, with Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Spurs and West Ham United all also interested.
No doubt a gifted young midfielder, Gallagher would be a marquee signing for Sean Dyche this summer, but Everton need players who want to play for the club.
The addition of a player of Gallagher’s potential would be an exciting prospect at Goodison Park, but with the Toffees likely to be in another scrap this season, commitment will be key.
However, Gallagher could be an interesting signing if Everton pull it off.