Everton looking to tie down defender amidst Arsenal interest

Arsenal are targeting Everton right back Seamus Coleman, with the lure of doubling the Irishman’s salary, to replace Bacary Sagna’s possible departure, Mirror reports.

The Toffees are however looking to tie Coleman down on an even newer deal, having just recently renewed his contract, to hinder the Gunner’s chances of signing their star man.

The right back scored an own goal in their 2-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday, but was named the PFA’s Right-Back of the Year in the annual PFA Awards.

Although it seems Coleman is happy at Goodison Park, Arsenal have the capability to more than double his current £30,000-a-week salary, which could sway the defender to leave Merseyside.

He was also a target for axed Manchester United manager David Moyes, but his departure has put negotiations on hold.

While Everton boss Roberto Martinez is attempting to secure Coleman’s services, he knows that he needs a bigger squad to put up a challenge in Europe next season.

It is reported that the Spaniard is targeting up to seven players, with Sunderland’s Jack Colback on top of his list to replace Gareth Barry if the on-loan midfielder moves back to Manchester City this summer.