Everton, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham monitoring Palermo defender Ezequiel Munoz - report

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With his contract set to expire in the summer, Palermo centre-back Ezequiel Munoz is reported to have attracted interest from the likes of Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are all considering a move for Palermo centre-back Ezequiel Munoz, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

Munoz, 24, has proved one of the Palermo’s most reliable performers since arriving from Boca Juniors in August 2010, and his impressive form has attracted the interest of Liverpool in the past.

However, with his contract set to expire in the summer, the Argentine defender is understood to be considering his options, leading to suggestions that the Serie A club could be forced to sell their star defender next month rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Sunderland were reported to be preparing a £4 million bid last week, but it’s since emerged that a whole host of Premier League clubs have joined the Black Cats in their pursuit of the former Under-20 international.

Nevertheless, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has remained adamant that Munoz will not be leaving, along with midfielder Edgar Barreto, telling Radio Sportiva: “Their future is Palermo. There is no chance of them leaving. Be patient.

“You’d be fascinated if I told you the about the salaries, but I can’t give you that information.

“I don't think however, that they’ll leave, I think we will find a common ground.

“Both Munoz and Barreto are very fond of Palermo and me, as I'm fond of them. We'll try to find a solution together.”

Munoz has made 10 total appearances for Palermo so far this season after missing four games earlier in the campaign with a hamstring issue, with the Scilian outfit sitting 11th in the table at present.

Capable of filling in at right-back, the South American stopper also holds a Spanish passport, negating the need for a work permit in the event of a potential transfer to England.

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