Everton news round-up: Rooney could stay, Lascelles and Konsa wanted
Rooney could stay
Newly appointed Everton boss Marco Silva has admitted that Wayne Rooney could remain at the club beyond the summer. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon the Portuguese was asked about Rooney’s future at the club.
The England legend has agreed to a deal with MLS outfit DC United but still has one year left on his Everton deal.
It is believed he was keen on an exit if Sam Allardyce remained in charge, but it remains to be seen if the appointment of Silva changes anything.
As reported by the BBC, Everton’s new sporting director Marcel Brands also chimed in. He stated that the 32-year-old could be sold on, but only if it is what he wants.
So it appears Rooney’s future is still very much up in the air.
Lascelles main target
Everton have identified Newcastle United centre-back Jamaal Lascelles as their main defensive target for the summer, according to The Sun.
Lascelles had an excellent campaign with the Magpies last term. With that in mind, plenty of teams are being linked with his signature this summer.
The report claims Everton will submit a £30 million bid for the Newcastle captain.
Everton need recruits at centre-back this summer. Age is catching up with both Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams whilst Ramiro Funes Mori remains unreliable.
Lascelles would, therefore, be the perfect addition to the Everton squad.
Everton are also believed to be looking at a potential future defensive option, with a move for Charlton Athletic youngster Ezri Konsa. According to The Mirror (Transfer Live blog, 22:14, Sunday, June 3, 2018), Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion are both keen on the talented 20-year-old central defender.
The Sun has since expanded on the story, suggesting that Everton are keen on a £5 million deal for the player who is seen as a long-term replacement for club captain Phil Jagielka.
Everton’s case has been helped by Charlton’s inability to win promotion to the Championship.
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