Bid Accepted: Everton jump ahead of Aston Villa to sign £20k p/w speedster

Everton (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Last month, Everton were linked with the Leeds United trio of Wilfried Gnonto, Jack Harrison and Crysencio Summerville. Eventually, the rumours of Harrison and Summerville settled down but EFC have been constantly been linked to Gnonto for weeks.

Everton need to add pace to their attack and Gnonto’s addition will definitely help Sean Dyche in adding quality to the squad. With Leeds United’s relegation, it became clear that there could be a fire sale at Elland Road as a number of players would look to leave. Gnonto is one of the players who is being watched by a number of clubs in Europe.

Everton needed to move fast for the Italian if they were to stand a chance of signing the 19 year old speedster. The winger has had an impressive season with the Whites, scoring twice and assisting four goals in 14 starts in the Premier League.

Everton bid accepted for Wilfried Gnonto

EFC were pushing for the Italian winger as they wanted to wrap up a deal as soon as possible. With Andros Townsend being released and future of Demarai Gray up in the air, Everton need depth in the wide department and Gnonto is one of the leading targets on Dyche’s wish list.

Italian media outlet Sport Italia have gone one step further and reported that Leeds United have accepted Everton’s offer of €22 million as the 19 year old wants to play in the Premier League again. Aston Villa are also in contention to sign him but with EFC’s bid being accepted, they have substantially jumped ahead in the race.

EFC seem to be very close to signing Gnonto but Villa still remain in the background. The 19 year old has raw pace to burn and can be an outlet for goals from the left side. As per Football365, Aston Villa have no intentions of letting go of Gnonto and are still very much in the running.

Everton’s fragile finances will not allow them to go big in the transfer window and they cannot even afford a bidding war for Gnonto. The Toffees have wrapped up Ashley Young’s signing and need act quickly in Gnonto’s operation. The Merseysiders would take the first step of rejuvenating the attack by Gnonto’s signing but the work isn’t done yet as a striker needs to be signed as EFC cannot rely solely on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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