According to L’Equipe, Everton are in talks with Roma over the availability of midfielder Maxime Gonalons in a potential loan deal, whilst West Ham are also in discussions with the Serie A side.
Well, the French international spent the entirety of last season on loan with La Liga side Sevilla, but featured sporadically due to an ankle injury in November which ruled him out for three months, and a tear to the abductor which set him back further.
Gonalons made just 13 appearances in all competitions as a result and didn’t feature enough to make an impact, hence his return to Roma, who also don’t seem intent on keeping him around.
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His next destination may well be the Premier League, with the Toffees and the Hammers in talks.
Sporting Director Marcel Brands came out at the beginning of April and said that the club were targeting younger players, so a move for an injury prone 30-year-old would be strange in that respect.
Additionally, the Merseysiders already have a tall French international midfielder that they don’t use in Morgan Schneiderlin, who only made 14 Premier League appearances last term despite being injury free throughout.
The former Southampton man cost them around £24m when they signed him from Manchester United and he showed in his few appearances last season that he can still do a job in midfield, where his dominant physique and decent ball skills make him an excellent defensive midfielder.
There would be no point bringing in Gonalons when Schneiderlin is sat on his backside not being used, all whilst picking up a reported £100k-a-week; it would be a simply brainless move from Brands and Marco Silva.
Andre Gomes has also indicated that he wants a permanent move to Goodison Park, so focusing any effort at all into signing Gonalons would be stupid.