Premier League outfit Everton are set to complete the £8 million signing of Manchester City performer Fabian Delph, according to BBC Sport.
The 29-year-old has fallen way down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order and has just one year left on his current deal.
Delph managed just 13 starts in all competitions last season and will leave in search of regular first-team football, which he should get at Everton.
The versatile performer has been at the Etihad Stadium since 2015 and has proved a loyal servant to the club.
That said, he has found frequent game time hard to come by on occasions. In four years with City, he has played just 57 league games.
Delph joins goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and midfielder Andre Gomes in arriving at Goodison Park this summer.
This addition to Marco Silva’s ranks is perhaps solid, if somewhat unspectacular.
The fee of £8 million in today’s market isn’t really a big deal so in that sense it looks like smart business.
There is the question, however, of whether his arrival will hamper the likes of Tom Davies playing more frequently.
Delph has spent a lot of time playing on the left-hand side of the defence for Manchester City and there is the prospect of him plugging gaps at Goodison.
If Silva has signed him for his versatility then its perhaps £8 million well spent, but if he stops the club’s talented youngsters coming through in the middle of the park then some Everton supporters may frown upon this deal.