Everton have reportedly ‘joined the race’ to sign Chelsea forward Armando Broja this summer.
Broja signed for Chelsea as a youth player in 2009 following a spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
The forward has performed brilliantly while on loan at Vitesse and Southampton over the past two seasons.
The 20-year-old netted nine goals for the Saints across all competitions as he was one of the breakout stars in the Premier League.
Sky Sports are reporting that Everton have ‘approached’ Chelsea about signing Broja this summer.
The report notes that Newcastle United, Southampton and West Ham are also interested in him.
Chelsea plan to ‘assess’ Broja during pre-season before deciding whether to sell him.
Elsewhere, Newcastle are reportedly holding ‘talks’ with Jesse Lingard’s representatives over a possible move to St James’ Park this summer.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham United during the 2020-21 campaign, with nine goals and four assists in 16 appearances.
But the Hammers aren’t one of the clubs thought to be keen on signing him on a permanent deal this summer.
A report on Friday claimed Tottenham have entered the race as Lingard is considered a ‘low-risk transfer’ and is seen as a potential ‘homegrown option’.
Mirror claim Everton boss Frank Lampard is also ‘on Lingard’s trail’, but suggest Newcastle have moved ahead in the race for the Man United graduate.
Toon manager Eddie Howe was ‘desperate to sign Lingard in January’ and ‘talks are thought to be ongoing’ with his representatives this summer.
But no agreement has been reached and Lingard is also said to be considering a move abroad, with Serie A sides AC Milan and Roma both said to be ‘admirers’.
The report suggests a move for Lingard could be confirmed sooner rather than later as the forward wants to be in place at his new club to complete a full pre-season and give himself the best chance of being part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar.