Date: 23rd March 2020 at 10:11pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

According to TEAMtalk, Everton are interested in John McGinn and may have to battle Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers for the 25-year-old’s signature.

Despite Carlo Ancelotti having Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson at his disposal, the Everton manager is still in the market for another central midfielder.

McGinn has spent 18 months at Aston Villa after joining from Hibernian and has seen his value rise considerably after helping the club earn promotion to the Premier League in his debut season while continuing to impress in the top-flight.

He’s made 65 appearances in all competitions for Villa and contributed 23 goals, which has led to interest from a number of clubs. The Midlands outfit are desperate to keep McGinn, but their hope of retaining his services may depend on the outcome of this season.

Villa currently sit 19th in the Premier League table with 25 points from 28 games, having lost their last four outings. Dean Smith’s side have the worst defence in the division and won just two games in 2020 before the season was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

They’re at risk of being relegated if the season is able to resume, so McGinn may be more attainable in the coming months. He was valued at £50m in November 2019 and earns £1.3m-a-year/£25k-per-week. McGinn won’t come cheap, but he would improve the Everton squad.

As per WhoScored, the Scottish international has racked up 1,538 minutes of Premier League football, scored three goals, made two assists, created 27 chances, completed 82.1% of his 521 passes, won 11 aerial duels (32%), made 42 successful dribbles (70%), had 38 shots with 39% accuracy, blocked 19 shots/passes/crosses, made 13 clearances and averaged a tackle (45) or interception (16) every 25 minutes.

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