Everton, Leicester and Southampton face more competition for Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak

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Everton, Leicester City and Southampton will face further competition from Lazio in the race to sign highly-rated Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak, according to Italian reports.

The likes of Everton, Leicester and Southampton are set to face more competition in the race to sign Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak, with Italian sports newspaper Corriere Dello Sport reporting that Lazio are also chasing the Austria international’s signature.

Kavlak, 26, joined Besiktas from Rapid Vienna in 2011 for around £600,000, and has since established himself as a fan favourite with his tireless performances in the holding role, recording eight goals and 11 assists in 128 total appearances.

However, with his contract set to expire next summer, and talks over a new deal still to get off the ground, the team could be forced to sell their star man in the New Year rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Agent Max Hagmayr confirmed earlier this month that the Premier League trio are all extremely keen on his client’s signature, but also added that there was equal interest from both the Bundesliga and Serie A.

“Southampton, Everton and Leicester City are interested from England, they are keeping tabs and could make offers depending on the situation," he told turkish-football.com.

"Veli is a player with great club and international experience so it is natural for clubs to be interested.

"He has performed at a high level consistently for Besiktas so it should it is no surprise that these clubs want to sign him."

Now Lazio are understood to have met with Kavlak’s representatives with the view to signing him as a free agent in the summer, but it remains to be seen whether he will wait for the winter transfer window to open in the coming weeks in order to better assess his options.

For what it’s worth, the 30-times capped stalwart has stressed that he is content with life in Istanbul for the moment, but has remained tight-lipped on his long-term plans.

“I am not thinking about a transfer right now,” he said.

“All I am focused on right now is doing well with my team this season, I will talk with the club about my future.”

A versatile performer, who is also comfortable in a more advanced role, Kavlak’s all-round midfield qualities would appear to make him an excellent fit for English football, but potential suitors will need to move fast in order to beat interest from elsewhere.

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