Everton are interested in a deal that would bring Burnley winger Dwight McNeil to Goodison Park, but the Blues face competition from Aston Villa.
As shared on Twitter by transfer round-up account Transferchanger (@transferchanger), reports from the Liverpool Echo have linked the home-grown winger with a summer transfer tussle between the two Premier League sides.
Twitter: Everton are interested in Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, but face competition from Aston Villa.
(Via: Liverpool Echo) (@TransferChanger)
The 21-year-old is believed to cost in the region of £25 million for any interested party with the ex-Manchester United youngster remaining an integral part of Sean Dyche’s side.
Recruiting options to provide improved supply to Dominic Calvert-Lewin is said to be a transfer priority for Rafa Benitez, who prefers a sole-striker system.
The club are on the verge of completing bargain deals for other home-grown wingers in Demarai Gray (25, Bayer Leverkusen) and former Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend (30, free agent).
Townsend has already ‘liked’ posts from Crystal Palace fans thanking him for his time with the Eagles and wishing him well at Everton following rumours that the player had completed a medical with the club.
The club have also agreed a deal worth £1.5 million with Bundesliga side Leverkusen for the ex-Leicester winger.
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With Townsend and Gray coming in and with the possibility of McNeil following, question marks remain over how Benitez will fit in existing options.
Everton would hardly be willing to part with £25 million for a rotational option for the left-sided winger, so accommodating hypothetical signings in Gray and McNeil along with the likes of Bernard and Richarlison would mean an inevitable clear-out at Goodison Park.
McNeil has offered 7 goals and 16 assists in 96 Premier League appearances, retaining the potential to increase his productivity at such a young age in his development.