Everton bid rejected for £20k p/w attacker as English club maintain ‘not for sale’ status

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Everton have been one of the most interested parties for Leeds United winger Wilfried Gnonto. The Italian is attracting a lot of interest and has been constantly linked with a move to Goodison Park. The Toffees want to add depth and pace to their fickle attack and view Gnonto as a solid option.

Everton sold Anthony Gordon in January and did not replace him. The Merseysiders released Andros Townsend this summer upon contract expiry, leaving EFC with three functioning wingers in Dwight McNeil, Demarai Gray and Alex Iwobi. Gray is being linked with an exit as clubs remain keen on the Jamaican.

EFC are operating with minimal depth in the wing department and need reinforcements this summer. A number of players like Allan Saint-Maximin, Jack Harrison, Arnaut Danjuma and Anthony Elanga have been associated with a move. No link is as strong as Gnonto to Everton. The 19 year old seems to be a priority target for the Toffees and they will push to sign him this summer.

Everton bid rejected for Wilfried Gnonto

Leeds United suffered relegation as Everton just escaped the drop on final day. As a consequence, Leeds would lose a number of their top players this summer as Premier League clubs and other European clubs come and poach their top talents. EFC were pushing for the Italian as they want to wrap up his signing as soon as possible.

A few days ago, a report claimed that Leeds United had accepted a £18.9 million bid from Everton but Aston Villa also remained in the background. Now, contrasting reports have emerged as Leeds Live claims that EFC’s £15 million bid has been rejected by the Championship club as they maintain their stance that Gnonto is ‘not for sale’.

The report goes onto add that Gnonto is a crucial part of Leeds’ project and Everton’s offer is not close to test Leeds’ resolve. Leeds want to hold onto the 19 year old speedster but it remains to be seen of Everton come with an improved bid. Gnonto still has four years left on his deal at Elland Road and the Whites want to keep him.

Contrasting reports have emerged over Everton’s bid for the Italian in the past week. One thing that is certain is that the Merseysiders are determined to sign Gnonto and will push for him at some point in the summer.

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