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Everton are reportedly closing in on the signing of Demarai Gray.

According to Sky Sports, the 25-year-old is set to have a medical for the Toffees today.

The outlet added that Everton are set to pay just £1.5million to bring Gray to Goodison Park.

Everton fans should be excited about Gray’s seemingly imminent arrival as he’s got what it takes to be a top player at Goodison Park.

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Demarai Gray – the story so far

Gray came through the ranks at Birmingham City and made his senior breakthrough in 2013.

He won the Academy Player of the Season award in 2014 and followed it up with the Young Player of the Season accolade in 2015.

Gray made 78 competitive appearances for Birmingham before joining Leicester in January 2016.

The Foxes triggered the winger’s £3.7million release clause, landing him on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Gray made ten substitute appearances in 2015-16 Leicester won the Premier League title and the hearts of the football world.

He made 169 competitive appearances for the club, registering 13 goals and 17 assists, before moving to Bayer Leverkusen in January this year.

Gray has made just 12 competitive appearances for his new club, scoring once, but now it looks as though he’s set for a Premier League return.

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Demarai Gray style of play

Gray is an exciting winger who models his game on – and has been compared to – Cristiano Ronaldo.

In March, the Bundesliga website asked Gray about his idols and inspirations.

He replied: “Growing up, Thierry Henry, the Brazilian Ronaldo.

“But when Cristiano Ronaldo went to [Manchester] United, I think it was 2003, that’s when I became a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan.

“From then I’ve just followed him, his journey, the way he has developed as a player.

“I think for me – as someone who plays in the same position – he is the perfect player to watch and try to mirror his development.”

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Over the years, fans have also noticed similarities between Gray and Ronaldo.

Right after Gray joined Leverkusen, the Bundesliga website wrote: “Fast, direct, tricky and happiest when standing his opposition up as he looks to go beyond them, Gray and Schalke’s Welsh winger (Rabbi) Matondo share a fair bit in common. They’re also both two-footed.”

After shining in a 2019 game against Bournemouth, Brendan Rodgers sung Gray’s praises to the Leicester Mercury.

“He was excellent,” he said. “Has been training very well. He is a big talent and he showed that when he came in.”

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