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Report: Everton considered Tiemoue Bakayoko as Crystal Palace now chase Chelsea midfielder

Everton were interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko before they secured Allan’s signature, with The Telegraph reporting that Crystal Palace are now monitoring the 26-year-old.

The Toffees have kicked into top gear in the market in recent days. They confirmed James Rodriguez’s move to Goodison Park this week.

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And that deal came just a couple of days after it was announced that they had also signed Allan from Napoli. As reported by BBC Sport, he has signed a three-year contract after agreeing a £21.7 million move.

Had they failed to sign to sign the Brazilian however, it appears that they may have gone after Chelsea midfielder Bakayoko.

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According to The Telegraph, Carlo Ancelotti had considered the Frenchman this summer.

The report notes that he is edging closer to joining AC Milan, but is also attracting attention from Crystal Palace.

It remains to be seen whether the Eagles can snatch Bakayoko from under Milan’s noses. The Telegraph also suggests that they want Conor Gallagher from the Blues.

TBR View: Everton fans will surely be delighted with outcome

Bakayoko’s move to the Premier League has simply not worked out so far. Meanwhile, Allan looks to be a fantastic signing for the Toffees. So it seems likely that most Everton fans will be delighted with the outcome in their pursuit of a new midfielder.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Bakayoko. His £110,000-a-week wages (via Spotrac) will surely make a permanent exit difficult to facilitate.

But with Milan and Palace reportedly interested, it seems that a move away is still very much on the cards.

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