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Former Tottenham man tells Richarlison that swapping Everton for Spurs not necessarily a ‘step up’

Richarlison, Everton forward, reacts after missing a chance during Premier League game v Leicester at Goodison Park

Former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has warned his current Everton teammate Richarlison that a move to north London would not necessarily be a step up.

Antonio Conte’s men have emerged as the main contenders for the Brazilian’s signature following reports that he wanted out of Goodison Park after the club’s battle against relegation last season.

Latest reports suggest that Spurs are chasing a double deal for the striker and winger Anthony Gordon. That could cost the north London club in the region of £100million.

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that talks are progressing and are at an advanced stage.

A move to north London would give Richarlison the opportunity to play Champions League football for the first time.

However, Townsend does not think that the striker moving to Tottenham is a progressive move.

When asked about the proposed switch he told talkSPORT: “I think you’re being slightly disrespectful by calling Spurs a step up!

“I think Everton is one of the biggest clubs in England, one of the most historic clubs, one of the biggest fanbases.

Richarlison an Everton hero

“He’s already a hero at Everton for what he’s done. He’s a fantastic player and towards the end of the season the goals he scored to keep us up.

“We speak about what Frank Lampard did for the team, what the fans did to lift us. But Richarlison came back from injury, scored goals and kept us up.

“So he’s already got hero status at the club… and that’s all you’re getting from me!

“I had years of Wilfried Zaha questions [when he played at Crystal Palace], so I’m used to it by now!”

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