Everton & Southampton chasing ambitious transfer raids for Euro 2016 finalist

According to reports from The Sun, Everton have joined the transfer race to sign Euro 2016 winner William Carvalho.

The defensive midfielder was part of the starting Xi faced France in last night’s final, playing the full 120 minutes as Portugal lifted the continental crown after a late strike from substitute Eder.

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At club level, the 24-year-old plies his trade with Sporting Lisbon, making 87 Primeira Liga appearances since breaking through to their first team during the 2013/14 campaign.

Everton have been linked with a number of physical midfielders in recent weeks, such as Zenit St. Petersburg’s Axel Witsel, and Carvalho is the latest to be mooted as a potential target.

However, The Sun claim the Toffees face competition from a number of their Premier League rivals, namely champions Leicester City, Merseyside neighbours Liverpool and Southampton.

It’s assumed Southampton are eyeing Carvalho as a direct replacement for like-minded enforcer¬†Victor Wanyama, who signed for Spurs in an ¬£11million deal earlier this summer.