BBC Sport have claimed on their live transfer blog (17:01, Thursday) that Everton have agreed a fee to sign Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi after having a £30million bid rejected on Wednesday.
The transfer window slammed shut but moments after the 5pm deadline passed, it was reported that Everton were interested in signing the 23-year-old winger. He has three years left on his contract.
Everton have been keen on signing Wilfried Zaha this summer, after Arsenal chose to sign Nicolas Pepe instead of the Crystal Palace star. But Zaha’s valuation was not met by Everton, and he has remained at Selhurst Park.
They have turned to Nigeria international Iwobi after losing out on Zaha, and a move for Iwobi could be one of the six deals that have been given extra time to be completed – which gives clubs until 7pm if a deal is agreed.
It is believed a fee between £35million and £40million has been agreed for the winger, who is just one appearance short of completing 150 outings for the Gunners. In that time he has scored 15 goals and created 27 strikes.
Everton do have options out wide in the form of Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Bernard while new signing Moise Kean can do a job out wide. But Iwobi is set to come in, after Ademola Lookman left the club.