Everton: Loan offer rejected for Cornet
Everton have been pushed back in their bid to sign Burnley star Maxwel Cornet as the race to secure the Ivorian’s signature intensifies.
What is the word?
According talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook – in his transfer book – the Toffees had a loan offer ‘rejected’ by the Turf Moor side, amid interest from a host of other Premier League clubs.
The report suggests that super-wealthy Newcastle United are set to trigger the 25-year-old’s crisis. £17.5m release clause, with the impressive prospective likely to leave his current side just a year after arriving in Lancashire on a £12.9 million OK.
The report also suggests newly-promoted Nottingham Forest ‘failed to agree personal terms’ with the former Lyonnais, while Chelsea have also reportedly expressed interest in a possible move earlier in the window.
Thelwell must act
The Merseysiders have already brought in two players from the Clarets so far this summer, with the centre-back James Tarkowski joining on a free transfer in what was the first arrival of the window for the club, before he was joined at Goodison Park by much-loved youngster Dwight McNeil earlier this week – the 22-year-old signing for a reported amount of approximately £20 million.
It would apparently make sense to make a third run from Vincent Kompany’s side to seal a deal for the aforementioned Cornet, with sporting director Kevin Thelwell set to act to sign the 25 capsules threat in the coming weeks.
Do Everton need Maxwel Cornet?
The nature of the club’s offer will apparently frustrate supporters, no doubt those who wonder why Everton won’t just pay the required fee of £17.5million rather than a loan attempt, with such a figure a relative affair given the impact of the versatile gem last season.
The £44,000 per week star marked new goals and provided one assist in 26 Premier League games in the 2021/22 campaign – including 21 since the start – in what has been a fine season on an individual note despite the collective disappointment of relegation.
That impressive tally included a goal and an assist when the two teams met in what, at the time, seemed like a crucial survival drop at the time. Aprilthe £13.5m the man scored late to secure the three points for then-boss Sean Dyche.
The display would have given manager Frank Lampard a first-hand view of just what a destructive presence Cornet is, with the former England international needing to push Thelwell to get a deal done quickly, in order to fend off rival interests.
If Everton don’t act now, they could well be plagued by the electric striker again next season, regardless of which club he inevitably ends up at.
ET in other news: ‘Still enthusiastic..’: Journo releases big Everton transfer update that will have fans worried