Everton ‘set to sign’ El Ghazi from Prem rivals Aston Villa

Date published: Wednesday 12th January 2022 5:12 - Jason Soutar

Reported Everton target Anwar El Ghazi during a match

Everton are ‘set to sign’ Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa, according to reports.

El Ghazi initially joined the Villans on loan from Lille in 2018 before signing permanently a year later.

The Dutch winger has made over 100 appearances for the Midlands club, scoring 26 and assisting a further 16.

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He has fallen out of favour this term, only appearing nine times in the Premier League and 12 times in all competitions.

According to multiple reports, El Ghazi is close to joining Villa’s Premier League rivals Everton, with Fabrizio Romano revealing the 26-year-old is ‘set to join’ the Toffees.

On Wednesday, he wrote on Twitter: ‘Everton are set to sign Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa. Deal at final stages, medical tests in place too. Last details to be completed in the next few hours.’

The 26-year-old winger will join the Merseyside club on loan until the end of the season, with an announcement expected in the coming days.

Romano also revealed on Wednesday that Lucas Digne is set to join Villa from Everton. The respected journalist revealed that El Ghazi’s move will be a ‘separate deal’ to Digne’s.

Elsewhere, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl accepts key players will continue to leave St Mary’s, despite the club’s recent takeover.

The arrival of the Dragan Solak-backed investment firm should allow Saints to move more quickly in the transfer market but Hasenhuttl admits it will remain difficult to keep hold of top talent.

“Yes, it is tough if you lose players in the summer, it is tough if you lose your top scorer,” said the Austrian.

“It takes a bit of time to build up a new team but this is the job you have to do if you want to be the manager of this club, because it will also happen in the future.

“This is normal in football, especially for us as a club.

“With all the promise we had after every season and then we lose our best players, you have to start again and again and again.

“But this is the way you have to work and – in the end – when you have the patience and the passion for this club, then you know that you’ll come back.

“It’s important that you keep on going and keep on finding solutions.”

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