Everton to miss out? Tottenham ready Andre Gomes bid/player keen on move – Sport

As per a report from Spanish outlet Sport, Tottenham look to have stolen a march on Everton in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.

Barcelona struggles

25-year-old Portuguese international Gomes made the big-money move to Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2016.

The Blaugrana splashed out an initial 35 million Euro, plus a potential 20 million in bonuses on his signature, beating off competition from fierce rivals Real Madrid to secure Gomes’ arrival.

However, the gifted midfielder’s two campaigns in Catalunya subsequently proved one massive disappointment.

Andre Gomes during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Barcelona. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Gomes looked a shell of the splendid midfield all-rounder he had previously proven himself to be with Valencia, with a seemingly-perpetual lack of confidence and all-round sluggishness having resulted in the 29-time capped international starting just 6 La Liga games last season.

Everton switch

As such, it came as little surprise when Gomes was inevitably linked with a Barcelona departure during the summer.

In the end, despite links with the likes of Juventus and Tottenham, the Benfica youth product eventually made the surprise move to Everton in August:

And, following early-season injury troubles, Gomes subsequently went on to establish himself as a vital cog in the Toffees’ midfield ranks over the months that followed.

The Portuguese star rediscovered much of the confidence which had been missing from his game over the last couple of seasons, with Gomes’ drive and creative influence one of the key factors behind Everton’s run of just one loss in 10 Premier League outings between the end of October and the middle of December.

As such, Toffees’ boss Marco Silva unsurprisingly went on to confirm that the Merseysiders would attempt to make the midfielder’s move to Goodison Park permanent, come the summer:

‘I don’t have doubts about his value. He’s a high quality player. And anything we can to sign someone like him will be important for us.’

‘Let’s see in the future what we can do.’

Gomes’ performances have since proven somewhat hit-and-miss at times , with the 25-year-old having actually sat out Everton’s last 3 outings through suspension, following a nasty stamp on Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović last month.

Spurs join the fray

Nevertheless, though, there have been few suggestions that the Everton board have been swayed in their judgement that Gomes would prove an excellent permanent addition to their squad, come the end of the campaign.

Andre Gomes battles for possession with Jorginho during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

As per the aforementioned report from Sport this afternoon, however, the Toffees’ hopes of securing the Barcelona outcast’s signature look set to come under serious threat imminently.

This comes on the back of claims that Tottenham have entered the fray for Gomes.

In fact, the north Londoners are even said to have held meetings with the midfielder’s representatives this week.

During these talks, as per Sport, it was agreed that Spurs would lodge a 30 million Euro bid to Barcelona.

In addition, crucially, Gomes himself is said to be ‘in favour’ of joining the Champions League finalists.

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