More on Minteh as Gambian says he wants to join Everton

Social media reports claim that Yankuba Minteh has told Newcastle United his preference is to join the Toffees and stay in Premier League.
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Over the weekend this story about Minteh's future broke with several rumours that the Magpies winger was of interest to Everton while Newcastle sought to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

It was also claimed that the 19-year-old had actually agreed personal terms with an as then unnamed club, with a view to leaving Tyneside for pastures new.

Now, respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano is saying that the Blues are that club and that Minteh wants a move to Merseyside.

All this creates a new dimension to the story and raises the possibility that Everton might well have a chance of signing the young attacker who scored eleven goals last season for Feyenoord.

He certainly appears to offer pace, width and a genuine goal threat and so ticks many of the attacking boxes that the Toffees need to fill for sure.

Of course this is all still speculation and there is no certainty about any of it. Furthermore, even if this rumour is well-founded, the alleged fee of £40 million the Magpies want for Minteh is also prohibitive.

As explained yesterday, there could possibly be a way out of this situation with the transfer of Calvert-Lewin being tied to Minteh's moving the other way.

This was basically more or less what happened last weekend as Tim Iroegbunam joined the Blues, while Lewis Dobbin took the opposite route and went to Villa Park.

While that double transfer was not directly linked, it appears to have been a parallel negotiation of sorts.

So, perhaps Newcastle would consider a player-plus-cash deal of some sort with the two swapping clubs at the same time. Although, some media outlets are saying this will not be the case.

One problem with that approach is that the North East club are, like Everton, trying to balance the books and ensure they don't fall foul of PSR, so would prefer a larger fee.

But again, if Newcastle really want Calvert-Lewin then presuming a fee of around £20 million is agreed for the centre-forward, that might allow the Blues to conclude a separate deal for Minteh.

After what happened to the Toffees and Nottingham Forest last season every Premier League club is wary of PSR and the consequences of being found in breach of the regulations and so many are seeking to offload players surplus to requirements this summer.

Anyway, who knows how this will all play out and as usual we have to wait and see whether there is concrete movement here over the next few days or not.