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Everton table £40m offer for Chelsea star following Sean Dyche appointment

The Toffees are keen to add to their ranks before Tuesday’s deadline

Everton have tabled a £40m bid for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher as they look to spend the money made from Anthony Gordon’s sale before the end of the January window in a bid to battle relegation this season.

The Toffees confirmed that Gordon had joined Newcastle United in a deal worth around £40m on Sunday. And, having appointed Sean Dyche as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal, they are looking to strengthen their ranks in the final 36 hours of the transfer window in order to give themselves a fighting chance at survival, with the club currently sitting 19th, two points from safety.

And to that end, they have tabled a £40m bid for Gallagher, who is also catching the eye of Newcastle United and Crystal Palace as Chelsea weigh up whether to let him leave this January. So far, the 22-year-old has racked up 18 Premier League appearances for the Blues since returning over the summer, including 9 starts, but has been frequently linked with a move away as Chelsea look to reinvigorate their squad.

Any potential deal is likely to depend on Chelsea’s proposed move for Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez, which is currently under consideration as the Blues look to strengthen in the middle of the pitch. They have tabled a bid worth 120m euros for the World Cup winner, and are expecting to hear the outcome later on Monday.

Should he arrive, Gallagher would be pushed further down the pecking order, while the bright talents of Carney Chukwuemeka and Andrey Santos threaten to overtake the England international.

The move would add further cover in midfield for the Toffees, who already boast Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye, Alex Iwobi, James Garner and Abdoulaye Doucoure in the centre of the park.

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Ben Browning

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