According to The Mirror, Everton are interested in bringing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to Goodison Park this summer, but the Toffees should instead consider re-signing Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United.
Wilshere announced last week that he would be leaving Arsenal following the expiration of his contract on June 30.
West Ham United have been strongly linked with a move for the English midfielder, but according to The Mirror, Everton are also very much in the race.
The report claims that new Toffees boss Marco Silva and the club’s director of football Marcel Brands believe that the arrival of Wilshere could help bridge the gap on the top six in the Premier League next season.
Wilshere worked his way back to fitness and form last term, and there is absolutely no question that he still has time on his side.
The 26-year-old is certainly an attractive proposition on a free transfer, but Everton should instead be looking to re-sign Fellaini, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, from United ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Like Wilshere, Fellaini will see his contract expire at the end of this month, and it does appear that the Belgium international will be leaving Old Trafford.
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United boss Jose Mourinho wants to keep the 30-year-old, but it is understood that the two parties have failed to agree a new contract, and Fellaini will surely soon announce his departure.
Fellaini has scored 20 times and registered 10 assists in 156 appearances for United since making the move from Everton in the summer of 2013.
It was at Everton where the midfielder really made his name, however, scoring 33 times and registering 26 assists in 177 appearances for the Merseyside club.
The Toffees’ supporters have recently revealed their desire for Fellaini to return to Goodison Park, and it could turn out to be a genius piece of business from Silva and Brands.
Indeed, Fellaini’s best performances in England have come as an advanced forward at Goodison Park, and the offer of a long-term deal – and healthy wages – could convince the Belgian to seal what would be an incredible return to Merseyside.