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Top 5 Everton Whispers Analysed: Sigurdsson, Giroud, Gray

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Everton have been one of the biggest spenders in the Premier League so far this summer as Ronald Koeman looks to build on last season’s seventh-placed finish.

It’s clear the Toffees are aiming for Europe given the players they have already brought in – Sandro Ramírez, Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Cuco Martina and Jordan Pickford.

But Koeman’s summer spending is definitely not over yet and we’ve analysed the top five Everton whispers on our index at the moment.

Everton top 5

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 3.8

Everton’s top transfer target at the moment is undoubtedly Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Koeman’s side have already made a bid of £40million for the Icelandic midfielder, as have Leicester City.

Swansea City rejected both offers, however, and value the 27-year-old at £50million.

It feels like a deal is inevitable though, given that Sigurdsson didn’t travel with Swansea for their tour of the United States and also missed their most recent pre-season friendly – a 2-0 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.

And Everton fans will be buoyed by Leon Britton’s comments about his team-mate to Radio 5 Live.

“His stats last year in terms of assists and goals, you’d think he be playing for one of the club in the top half of the table,” he said.

“He’s a big influence in the top end of the pitch for us, but unfortunately the club we’re at, Swansea, when the bigger teams come calling it is hard to keep him.

“The club have stood firm. By all accounts they’ve said they want £50million.

“I don’t know if it’s going to get done. I think Everton have maybe offered £40-45million so I think there’ll be some movement now and Gylfi will go.”

Olivier Giroud – 3.0

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As well as Sigurdsson, Everton are targeting another centre forward and a left-sided centre-back, according to the Liverpool Echo.

It looks like that striker could well be Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman will want regular first team action ahead of the World Cup next summer, and with Arsenal bringing in club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette, his chances at the Emirates will be limited.

Indeed, the Mirror claim Koeman sees Giroud as the perfect target man for his side as he looks to replace Romelu Lukaku.

The 30-year-old is expected to cost around £25million, which is a drop in the ocean compared to what some clubs have been spending over the past two months.

The question is whether Giroud would be willing to join the Toffees though.

But the club will be hoping their ambition, mixed with European football could convince him.

Demarai Gray – 2.5

Leicester’s Demarai Gray is an Everton and Tottenham Hotspur transfer target, according to the Daily Mail.

The winger is thought to be unhappy with his lack of game time at the King Power Stadium and has asked for reassurances regarding his minutes on the pitch this season. If he does not get them, he will contemplate a move away.

The Foxes don’t want to sell the 21-year-old and will not consider any bids below £20million for him.

That’s ruled Spurs out, leaving Everton the only club in the race. Yet with the quality of the wingers already at Goodison Park, it’s hard to see him getting more game time there than he would at Leicester.

He is undoubtedly a very promising player but it would be a surprise if Koeman made him a priority this summer.

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Ezequiel Garay – 2.0

As mentioned above, Everton are looking for a defender who can play on the left side of the defence, alongside Keane.

Winston Reid appeared to be a target and there with rumours of a £9million bid being submitted, but the Evening Standard report that West Ham United are not willing to sell their centre back.

That could open the door for a move for Ezequiel Garay, who Marca claim Valencia are willing to sell, provided they find a replacement for him.

The Argentine played as both the right-sided and left-sided centre back for Los Che last season, so he has experience in the role Everton are looking for.

He is thought to be available for around €25million and last month the People claimed Everton were among the teams monitoring his situation at the Mestalla.

The 30-year-old is undoubtedly a top quality defender, with the likes of Real Madrid and Benfica on his CV and he made 28 appearances for Valencia last season.

Andre Gray – 2.0

If Everton fail to get Giroud, they could turn to Andre Gray.

Back in March, we looked at whether the Burnley striker could replace Lukaku, when he was first linked to Goodison Park.

It’s believed the forward would cost around £15million, as he only has a year left on his deal at Turf Moor after turning down a new contract.

If Giroud can’t be convinced to sign on the dotted line at Everton, Gray would be a viable target.

He has a bit of Premier League experience behind him and has the potential to score at least 15 goals a season with the right amount of service.

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