Philogene confirms Premier League move with Everton one of his suitors

The Hull City forward has been on the radar of a number of clubs and has now made a decision where his next move will be.
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Philogene has become a target for a number of clubs including Everton, following a superb season with the Tigers where he netted twelve times for the Yorkshire side.

This form made him of interest to several clubs both in the Premier League and abroad too and supposedly bids came from newly promoted Ipswich Town for Philogene and Jacob Greaves, another standout Hull performer.

Most unusually, there was also apparent interest in the 22-year-old Englishman from La Liga giants Barcelona, although that has since then been disputed.

Now, according to respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Philogene has decided to stay in England and join an undisclosed Premier League club.

That team might be Everton but it might not of course and we will not be sure until that final confirmation we always need from the club itself.

As well as seeking further attacking additions, the Blues are also looking to strengthen at the back too.

Alongside the prospect of losing Jarrad Branthwaite (although that is still not certain to happen) the Toffees have already sold Ben Godfrey to Atalanta and so regardless of Branthwaite's situation will need another centre-back as cover, at least.

Everton are again being tentatively linked with a move for Colombian international Davison Sanchez, a player the Blues have supposedly been monitoring before.

Sanchez - who has been playing in Turkey recently - is available for about £15 million and so would at least in theory be an affordable option. He is one of several centre-backs recently rumoured to be heading to Merseyside.

In addition to central defensive reinforcements, the Toffees are apparently also keen on a move for Verona right-back Jackson Tchatchoua.

A 22-year-old defender Tchatchoua might be seen as competition, or as an outright replacement for Seamus Coleman in what has become something of a problem position for Everton.

Coleman is playing what must surely be his final season at 35 and the other options are an injury-prone Nathan Patterson, who Sean Dyche seems unsure about, or 38-year-old Ashley Young.