With speculation surrounding Idrissa Gueye’s future mounting, Everton are considering Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze, according to reports in France.
French media outlet RMC Sport reports that Tameze is a target for Everton, who could be in the market for a new holding midfielder in the summer.
PSG and Manchester United are both interested in signing Gueye, who is rated at £40m by Everton (Daily Mail).
The Toffees dug their heels in and insisted that Gueye was not for sale. But they might lose him in the summer transfer window.
If Gueye leaves, Everton will be armed with funds to replace him. And Tameze is one of their options.
The 25-year-old plays for OGC Nice in France’s top division. He joined Nice in 2017 from Valenciennes and has since played 74 games, scoring once and providing six assists.
This season, the ex-France youth international has played 38 games, including 35 in Ligue 1. He is a vital part of Nice’s plans and operates as a holding midfielder.
Tameze’s style of play is similar to Gueye’s. He sits behind the midfield and in front of the defence with the role of snuffing out any opposition attacks.
Gueye will be tough to replace but Marco Silva will hope that Tameze is up to the job if these two deals go ahead.