Everton could beat Tottenham to future France World Cup star

Adrien Tameze has already featured for Les Bleus at Under-17 level and a move to Everton could pave the way for an appearance at Russia 2018.

Everton are rumoured to be closing in on a deal for 20-year-old Ligue 2 star Adrien Tameze, in what could yet prove to be one of the bargains of the summer.

A midfielder who is also capable of playing in defence, Tameze first made his name as part of the France’s squad at the Under-17 World Cup in 2011.

Now 20-years-old, the player is currently on the books at Nancy but is reportedly pushing for a move away and the opportunity to take his career to the next level, following a stop-star spell with the French side.

Roberto Martinez could be the man to grant him that wish with Everton thought to be considering a move for the youngster, who would most likely be available on the cheap with Nancy currently languishing in the second tier of French football.

The Toffees could face Premier League competition for his services though with Tottenham also previously linked with a move for the 20-year-old, who has been identified as something of a diamond-in-the-rough by those behind the scenes at White Hart Lane.

And the interest in Tameze may not end there, with La Liga duo Villarreal and Real Sociedad both linked with moves for the versatile star.

Roberto Martinez may be hoping that the presence of veteran Premier League star and fellow Frenchman Sylvain Distain can help the Toffees steal a march on their rivals with the defender able to offer guidance to the young star.

But if the Merseyside club are keen on completing a cut-price deal for Tameze then they may need to move fast, with any concrete interest from the likes of Tottenham likely to push the 20-year-old’s price tag up.

And with Everton operating on a tight transfer budget, such a development could all but rule out a move to Goodison Park for a player who could one day line up for France on the world’s biggest stage.

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