Everton are planning a £30 million raid on Arsenal to secure the late signing of Alex Iwobi, according to Sky Sports.
The Toffees have switched gears in their attempts to land a winger, having been seemingly priced out of a move for Wilfried Zaha.
Iwobi came through the youth academy at Arsenal and has played 149 games for the Gunners, scoring 15 goals and registering 27 assists.
The versatile forward is not thought to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates, although the arrival of Nicolas Pepe may have pushed him down the pecking order.
Everton had been persuing Zaha for the last couple of weeks. A £52 million bid was rejected last month, according to The Sun.
The Express has claimed that Crystal Palace wants to receive the same £80 million fee that Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.
To go from being linked with a sensational move for Zaha and ending up with Iwobi would be disappointing from an Everton perspective.
At £30 million Iwobi doesn’t really represent great value for money on the basis he isn’t considered in the same bracket as the Palace man.
You can’t really knock the Toffees for baulking at the Eagles’ valuation of the flying winger, but they probably have better options within their squad than the Nigerian international.
If Zaha is off the agenda, Everton shouldn’t panic-buy a desperation signing. It would ruin what has been a successful transfer window and potentially send the supporters into the season on a downer.