Everton target Philogene in three-way transfer tug-of-war

Hull City's Jaden Philogene is on the Toffees radar but the club face competition from home and abroad for his signature.
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Just yesterday Everton formally announced they had signed forward Iliman Ndiaye from Marseille following the completion of another year-long loan deal for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison.

As all this was going on, the Blues were also being strongly linked with a move for Tigers young attacking starlet Philogene who had a breakout campaign in the last Championship season.

Philogene has attracted interest though from other Premier League clubs with Ipswich Town having allegedly made a bid of around £35 million for him and his team-mate Jacob Greaves, also of course a supposed Toffees target.

In addition, another club is also apparently interested in a move for Philogene; La Liga giants Barcelona.

The Catalan club are strapped for cash this summer and so are likely to be shopping for new talent in places they would not usually be focused on.

It seems the Blaugrana are looking at the English Championship for targets and like their Premier League counterparts are impressed by the versatile 22-year-old.

Last season he managed twelve goals and added six assists for Hull and played a number of different positions with his main role being as a wide forward on the left flank.

Given his attacking strengths and willingness to battle, defend and liking for those defensive duties, he looks pretty much the ideal prototype of a Sean Dyche player.

Philogene is one of several young forwards plying their trade in the Championship that Everton could consider as the search for additional attacking reinforcements continues.

Further to that the Toffees are also allegedly tracking several other targets such as Red Bull Salzberg's former centre-forward Sekou Koita - who is according to some media outlets very close to joining the Blues as he is now a free agent.

And in addition, the repeated rumours of a move for Chelsea's Armando Broja have been revived once again.

It is clear Everton need further attacking reinforcements, but as usual I assume most of these reports are probably simply speculative stories, until we hear anything concrete from the club.