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Report: Everton in talks to complete £25.75m signing ahead of Inter Milan

Alfredo Pedulla claims Everton boss Rafa Benitez could be about to beat one of his old clubs to the signing of Lazio star Joaquin Correa. The Argentina international has been strongly linked to the Premier League of late. But Everton are leading the race, beating Inter Milan with talks ongoing.

Correa, 27, was on fire for Lazio last season – producing 17 goal involvements in 38 games. That is, despite playing on both flanks, as a 10 and up front. His attacking versatility makes him a real asset for Lazio. But a move is expected, after Simone Inzaghi left the club to join Inter.

Inzaghi wants him at the Nerrazzuri but the Premier League is calling. The report states that Everton are in talks, and are ready to pay his £25.75million asking price – plus bonuses. An offer is on the table. Pedulla says there could be a development in the ‘next few hours’.

Of course, Everton are not the only Premier League side to be linked with Correa. Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed earlier this summer that both Tottenham and West Ham were looking at Correa. The Sunday Mirror (8/8; page 75) said Villa and Leicester were battling Everton for Correa.

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Without the lure of European football, Benitez will have found it hard to bring in the calibre of player he believes the Toffees need. They certainly still need a right-back, an addition out wide and cover for Dom Calvert-Lewin. But Correa can help out in two of those positions.

Certainly, Correa is a winger and more naturally, probably a 10. But he is more than adept at leading the line and while he will not get his head to crosses – he will offer the flair required to score and create as a nine. £25.75million is expensive, but he offers more than just one solution.

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