Conflicting reports on Minteh future and Everton continue

The Newcastle United youngster was previously strongly linked with a move to the Blues before that then ended almost as quickly as it began.
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Yakuba Minteh became part of the conversation surrounding Everton as Newcastle circled around a possible transfer move for Dominic Cakvert-Lewin.

For a while it looked as though the Magpies would make a concrete offer for the twenty-seven year old centre-forward, who appeared to be ready to leave the Blues after so far refusing to sign the new deal offered to him.

As this was brewing, there were parallel stories that Minteh wanted to leave Tyneside and that he had already expressed his intent to join one of the clubs allegedly interested, and Everton were then said to be that club.

However, the fee being quoted for Minteh of around £40 million was prohibitive for the Toffees and would have surely proved a major roadblock to any transfer.

Then all of a sudden, Newcastle pulled the plug on any potential deal for Calvert-Lewin and it seemed to have ended any slim hopes of the Blues agreeing a deal for Minteh.

Despite this, rumours continue that Minteh was still keen on moving to Merseyside and so a transfer to Goodison Park could theoretically be possible later in the transfer window.

For that to happen though it does seem critical that Newcastle reduce their demands and accept a more reasonable fee.

But they are trying to ensure they avoid PSR punishments for overspending - as are so many Premier League clubs now - after what happened to the Toffees and Nottingham Forest last season.

Signing Minteh would ideally seem to be a positive move for Everton as he is a young and talented forward (so matching Kevin Thelwell's transfer strategy) and he is a player who I think would certainly add needed firepower and goal potential, which Sean Dyche's team certainly need next season.

At the moment though it is more probable that the Toffees will successfully secure the services of another forward Iliman Ndaiye from Marseille with talks apparently progressing well.