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Everton transfer stance on Bobby Decordova-Reid as contract talks stall

Everton are continuing to work on what they hope will be astute trading in and out of the club this summer but Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid is not one of their targets.

TEAMtalk claimed that the Blues had identified the 31-year-old as a potential bargain buy and were eyeing up a move after new contract talks for the player, whose current deal at Craven Cottage expires at the end of this month, stalled. The winger would therefore become a free agent with the outlet also stating that Leeds United were another suitor.

Although Decordova-Reid, with over 400 matches in professional English football – including 128 appearances in the Premier League plus 20 goals – offers a raft of experience, the ECHO understands that Everton have no interest in signing him.

The brother of Labour MP Marsha de Cordova, 48, who will defend her Battersea seat in next month’s General Election, Bristol-born Jamaican international Decordova-Reid scored the winning goal for Fulham in their 1-0 victory at Goodison Park on the opening day of the 2023/24 season with a 73rd minute strike but saw his penalty saved by Jordan Pickford in the Carabao Cup quarter-final shoot-out which gave Amadou Onana the chance to win the tie only for the Belgium international’s tame effort to be kept out by Bernd Leno with Marco Silva’s side going on to progress.

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Everton, who have rebuffed any suggestions of a ‘fire sale’ this summer, insist members of Sean Dyche’s squad will only be sold if their valuation is met and the player themselves wants to leave. The Blues, who have offered new contracts to club captain Seamus Coleman and Ashley Young ahead of their current deals expiring this summer, are understood to be interested in bringing in Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips on loan.