Everton have jumped ahead of West Ham United in the race to sign Yacine Brahimi.
It will be like groundhog day for West Ham fans who are well used to seeing Everton compete for the same players as them in the transfer market over the last few years.
West Ham have been chasing Brahimi for some time and reports claimed he is one of Manuel Pellegrini’s top targets this summer (The Sun).
Brahimi available on a free transfer
The Porto winger is available on a free transfer.
That makes him a sought after player and West Ham were said to face stiff competition for his signature.
West Ham have a longstanding interest in a player they tried to sign last summer.
So Pellergini and director of football Mario Husillos looked to be favourites to seal the Algerian’s signature.
But a new report claims Premier League rivals Everton have jumped to the front of the queue.
Everton jump ahead of Hammers
Goal France and Get French Football News report that Everton are continuing advanced talks with the 29-year-old.
“Marseille have, contrary to reports, not made any approach for the 29-year-old Algerian attacker.
“Brahimi’s contract is up at the end of the month and another two English clubs (West Ham and Wolves) and one Italian side have also made enquiries for a man who will be participating in this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.”
West Ham focus elsewhere
West Ham fans will not be unduly worried. The Hammers started the weekend by announcing the impressive £24million signing of Spain international Pablo Fornals (whufc.com).
And Pellegrini’s focus is on securing striker Maxi Gomez and a defensive midfielder.
West Ham may feel Everton are welcome to the player after reports claimed he is demanding a £5.3million signing on fee from whoever he moves to (Record via Sport Witness).