EVERTON are attempting to hi-jack Arsenal’s move for Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes.
The 22-year-old defender has caught the eye with his displays in the French top-flight and Champions League.
Tottenham were allegedly offered the chance to sign the Brazilian in January while the Gunners have allegedly made him one of their top summer targets.
Now The Independent claim Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton have joined the chase for the centre-half.
Their report states the Toffees registered their interest in the winter transfer window.
They were “keen to move early” amid the interest from elsewhere.
And they are believed to be the “frontrunners” in the chase for Magalhaes with talks between the club and the ace’s representatives taking place this week.
The South American joined Lille from Brazilian side Avia in 2016 for just £1.5m, but his value has now soared to £30m.
He recently penned a contract extension until 2023 with the club but will be allowed to leave if they receive a suitable offer.
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