Everton set to beat Villarreal to £5m signing of Argentina international

Everton have agreed a £5million fee with River Plate in their efforts to sign Villarreal target Ramiro Funes Mori, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old is one of the many defensive candidates manager Roberto Martinez has been tracking amid speculation that John Stones could leave for Chelsea this summer.

Stones is being linked with a mega £40million deal with the Premier League champions as Blues boss Jose Mourinho looks to reinforce his back line before the close of the current window.

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Villarreal are also interested in the services of the centre-back, but despite ongoing talks, they are yet to match the Toffees’ £5million offer.

Martinez is also hoping the addition of the Argentina international can help increase his defensive options following the departures of both Sylvain Distin and Antonio Alcaraz.

He featured a total of 49 times in all competitions for his side last term, scoring six goals and helped his team win the Copa Libertadores.