Everton lead the race to sign Lille centre back Gabriel Magalhaes after holding further talks
- Everton have held further talks over a deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes
- The 22-year-old centre back is also monitored by Leicester, Wolves and AC Milan
- Boss Carlo Ancelotti has proved a major attraction for the talented Brazilian
- Magalhaes said he wants to finish the season with Lille before making a choice
Everton have held further talks over a deal for Lille centre back Gabriel Magalhaes as they emerge as favourites to conclude his £28million transfer.
A left sided centre back, Magalhaes has confirmed he is aware of interest from England but publicly has maintained a diplomatic stance, saying he wants to finish the season with Lille before making his choice.
Everton have held further talks over a £28million deal for Lille centre back Gabriel Magalhaes
Everton firmed up their interest over a month ago with Carlo Ancelotti proving a major attraction for Magalhaes and he is now expected to opt for a move to Goodison.
Director of Football Marcel Brand is reportedly a keen admirer of the defender, but the club may have to hold off on making a decision with the state of the transfer market remaining unclear.
The club will also have to make decisions over the futures of Jonjoe Kenny, who is spending the season on loan with Schalke, and Djibril Sidibe.
Everton firmed up their interest with Carlo Ancelotti proving a major attraction for Magalhaes