Everton reportedly have a verbal agreement in place to sign namesake Brazilian winger Everton Soares in January.
The 23-year-old has scored 65 goals in 252 appearances for the Tricolor dos Pampas, having broken into the team as a teenager in 2014.
Portuguese journalist Bruno Andrade has claimed the Toffees have agreed a deal to take Everton to Goodison Park after the Brazilian domestic season comes to an end in December.
The youngster will allegedly earn €4.5m-a-year once he completes his move to Merseyside. Everton must now negotiate a transfer fee with Gremio, and Andrade has suggested they will make an initial offer of €35m.
However, the player's agent Marcio Cruz has denied his client is on the brink of a switch to England, saying (as quoted by GauchZH): "I don't know where they get it from. Nothing has been finalised."
Despite Cruz rejecting Andrade's claims, he did admit he is in negotiations with another European club, suggesting his client could still end up with the Toffees this winter.
Agents are renowned for playing mind games in a bid to sweeten deals for their clients, and this looks to be another one of those cases.
By hinting that the forward has options elsewhere, Cruz is placing pressure on Marco Silva and his colleagues to up their salary offer, and there's reason to believe Andrade's claims have an element of truth.
He may be wrong in asserting the verbal agreement is secure, but it's likely the Toffees have been holding talks with the Brazil international, given the media speculation linking them with a move for Everton.
Additionally, the Merseysiders desperately need more firepower following their difficult start to the 2019/20 campaign. It's hardly strange for them to be looking at a highly-rated player, especially one who's looked destined to leave Gremio for the majority of 2019.
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