Everton add second Wolves man to shortlist; Rangers want forgotten Molinuex striker

Jason Soutar
Reported Everton targets Morgan Gibbs-White and Leandor Dendoncker celebrate a goal

According to reports, Everton have added Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker to their shortlist after registering an interest in his teammate, Morgan Gibbs-White.

The Molineux club have already rejected an offer worth over ยฃ20million from Everton for Gibbs-White, as per theย Telegraph.

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The 22-year-old was brilliant last term as he won the Sheffield United’s Player of the Year award, grabbing twelve goals and ten assists in the Championship during his loan spell at Bramall Lane.

Nottingham Forest have also been linked with the youngster, although their recent acquisition of Jesse Lingard could cool their interest.

After making Gibbs-White one of their top targets, Everton boss Frank Lampard has now added his Wolves teammate Dendoncker to his summer wishlist, according to Birmingham Mail.

The Toffees’ interest is being spearheaded by their director of football, Kevin Thelwell, who was previously employed by Wolves.

Thelwell brought Dendoncker to the Midlands in 2018 following the club’s promotion. The Belgian has less than a year left on his current contract.

He has played over 100 times for Wolves and has been utilised as a central defender and central midfielder under Nuno Espirito Santo and Bruno Lage.

While it is unclear whether Wolves are open to letting Dendoncker or Gibbs-White leave, one player they are hoping to offload is Italian forward Patrick Cutrone.

The Premier League outfit paid over ยฃ16m to sign Cutrone from AC Milan in 2019 but he has struggled to adapt to English football.

Since joining three years ago, the 24-year-old has spent time on loan with Fiorentina, Valencia, and most recently, Empoli.

The one-cap Italy striker has played 28 times for Wolves, scoring three goals. Last term he netted three times in 31 appearances across all competitions for Empoli.

According toย Calciomercato (via Sport Witness), Cutrone is attracting interest from Rangers and Celta Vigo, while a number of Serie A clubs are ‘monitoring’ his situation.

He is out of contract next summer and Wolves are eager to get back some of their hefty investment in the player.

Rangers and Celta ‘have the advantage’ in their pursuit of the former AC Milan youngster.

The report suggests that a move to Scotland would only be a loan, whereas a transfer to Spainย โ€˜would be permanent and would represent an important turning pointโ€™ for Cutrone.

The Gers should be able to afford the permanent signing of Cutrone after offloading Calvin Bassey, Joe Aribo and Cedric Itten for a combined ยฃ29m.