Everton reportedly want to sign 'complete' £12m midfield talent likened to Bruno Guimaraes
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Everton reportedly want to sign 'complete' £12m midfield talent likened to Bruno Guimaraes

Everton have been linked with Vasco da Gama youngster Andrey Santos in recent days.

According to Brazilian journalist Lucas Pedrosa, the Toffees are one of three Premier League clubs in ‘frequent contact’ with the player’s representatives.

Everton could really do with bolstering their midfield ranks over the next two transfer windows.

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Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure are out of contract next summer, while Idrissa Gueye will be 34 next September.

As one of Brazil’s top young midfield talents, Santos would be a great addition to the Everton ranks.

There have been reports suggesting the Toffees may be too far behind in the race for the 18-year-old’s services.

Chelsea, one of Everton’s rival suitors, are apparently closing in on a £12million deal for Santos, as per the Evening Standard.

However, Pedrosa has claimed on Twitter – via Sport Witness – that the player is ‘not sold’ yet, with no ‘official negotiation’ open so far.

Therefore, the race may still be open, and Everton could try their luck.

Newcastle target Andrey Santos – factfile

Santos has come through the ranks at Vasco da Gama and has made 33 senior appearances to date.

He has registered seven goals for the Serie B side, a good tally from midfield.

As per the Evening Standard, Santos has been compared to Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes.

Santos has also earned huge praise from Juninho Pernambucano, his idol.

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Juninho said of the Brazil Under-20 ace, as quoted by Foot The Ball: “Physically, he is a monster.

“Without the ball, his participation in the game is total.

“I wanted to see his GPS because he doesn’t stop. And technically, he’s way above the others.

“He’s not going to be better than me, he’s going to be much better than me.

“He is a much more complete player. At 18, I didn’t play half as much as he does

“At 18, I didn’t play half as much as he does, I’m not ashamed to say that.”

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