Everton rival Tottenham and Sunderland for Argentine star

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Everton have reportedly joined Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland in the race for Argentine midfielder Ever Banega.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Everton have revived their interest in Valencia star Ever Banega.

The Argentine midfield enforcer has long been linked with a move away from the Spanish club, with Premier League duo Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur reportedly interested.

The Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is keen to bolster is Sunderland ranks ahead of next season, and the loss of fellow midfielder Craig Gardner to West Bromwich Albion opens up a spot for a new player.

Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, are also said to be interested with new boss Mauricio Pochettino a big admirer of his fellow countryman.

Both Premier League clubs, however, could miss out on the £5.5 million-rated midfielder with Everton looking an increasingly attractive proposition under boss Roberto Martinez.

The return of loan-star Gareth Barry to parent club Manchester City has left the Toffees without a midfield enforcer, and Ever Banega could be the perfect man for the job.

The 25-year-old once cost La Liga side Valencia €20 million when they signed him from boyhood club Boca Juniors in 2008, but after six years at the club, the midfielder is keen to leave this summer.

He offers tenacity, fine technical ability and excellent range of passing which would certainly fit in well with Roberto Martinez’s footballing philosophy at Goodison Park, yet the possible stumbling block could be his willingness to move to England.

There has been speculation over his happiness in Europe, and Banega seemed fairly content on returning to Argentina on loan at Newell’s Old Boys in January despite interest from elsewhere.

Missing out on the World Cup, however, might change his mind and if Sunderland, Spurs and Everton are serious about their interest, then they will have to act quickly as he will be a marked man this summer.

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