Report: Everton confident of beating Spurs to the signing of Brazilian defender

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Everton are said to be confident of beating Tottenham and other rivals to the signature of Lille defender, Gabriel Magalhaes, according to the Daily Mail.

Magalhaes has been in impressive form since breaking into Lille’s first-team and is quickly building a reputation as one of the best young centre-halves in Ligue 1.

The young defender was said to be attracting interest from Tottenham, Everton, and Arsenal during the January transfer window (Independent) but stayed put at Lille.

The Daily Mail now claims that the Toffees have stolen a march on the North London duo, with Magalhaes said to be Carlo Ancelotti’s prefered option to upgrade the central defensive area.

The report claims that Everton’s Director of Football, Marcel Brands, has been working on the transfer for a couple of months and that the Merseysiders will soon seal a £25 million deal to bring the Brazilian to the Premier League.

Spurs Web Opinion

I am not sure if we held any interest in Magalhaes to begin with or if our name was simply thrown into the mix since we need additions in defensive areas. I don’t believe the Brazilian fits the profile of what we need as I suspect Mourinho will be looking to bring in an experienced central defender this summer.

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