Koeman keen on bringing Serie A stars to Everton – report

Date published: Wednesday 14th June 2017 2:55

Mario Lemina: Wanted by Prem duo

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is interested in signing AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang and Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, according to reports in Italy. 

Niang spent the second half of the season on loan at Watford, making 16 Premier League appearances and scoring twice in the competition under Walter Mazzarri.

It is believed that Watford were interested in making the move permanent, and were willing to pay the buy-out clause in his Milan contract, but the striker rejected the opportunity.

Milan boss Vincenzo Montella does not see Niang as part of his plans going forward, and is rumoured to be interested in signing Everton’s Gerard Delofeu, who spent last season on loan at the San Siro.

Lemina initially joined Juventus on a season-long loan before the deal was made permanent last summer, when the Gabon international signed a four-year contract with the Italian giants.

The midfielder only made 28 appearances for the Serie A and Coppa Italia winners, scoring once. The fee for Lemina could prove to be a stumbling block, with Juve reportedly wanting around £17million to allow him to leave.

Ronald Koeman will be looking to bolsters his options ahead of this seasons Europa League campaign, and the Toffees have already had a £30million bid accepted for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The Dutchman is also interested in Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen.

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