In Focus: Everton could hold advantage in three-horse race to sign winger

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham and Everton are ready to join Liverpool in the race to sign unsettled Leicester City winger Demarai Gray this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite often impressing when he is on the pitch, the 20-year-old has completed the full 90 minutes on just two occasions in the Premier League this season and is growing frustrated at his lack of regular first team football.

However, the Foxes are keen to keep hold of the highly-rated England Under-21 international, who still has three years left on his contract at the King Power Stadium.

Is there any more information?

There is, yes.

Apparently, Gray had a £22m release clause written into his contract when he joined the Foxes from Birmingham City in January 2016.

Despite the Premier League holders denying it, the three interested parties believe that it is correct and that they could lure him away for that fee.

What would he bring to Tottenham?

Despite having the likes of Son Heung-Min at his disposal, Moussa Sissoko has failed to impress following his £30m move from Newcastle last year and Mauricio Pochettino will certainly be looking to strengthen in wide areas this summer.

While Gray will be one of the players on his list, the fact that he wants more regular playing time than he is getting at Leicester would seemingly cast doubt over the rumour.

What about Everton?

This link seems more likely as the Toffees and manager Ronald Koeman would be more prepared to give the 20-year-old first team starts, as he has done with other youngsters such as Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies already this term.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if the £22m release clause is part of Gray’s contract then it will be an interesting summer to see if any of the interested clubs are willing to meet it.

While Pochettino has given young players a platform to thrive upon and a transfer to Liverpool would be attractive, the fact of the matter is that he would likely only solve his frustrations if he moved to Goodison Park.