Everton-linked Ivan Perisic will not be available until summer

Everton were reportedly keen on Ivan Perisic in 2014, and Premier League rivals are now said to be circling, but Wolfsburg winger will not move in January.

Everton may be kicking themselves that they did not push harder to land Ivan Perisic in the summer of 2014.

The Toffees were among a clutch of clubs said to be pursuing the Croatia international, but were unable to lure him away from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

It is reported that a fee of around £8 million would have been enough for Roberto Martinez to snare the highly-rated winger, but he decided those funds would be better used elsewhere.

Perisic is now considered to be worth considerably more, having added three goals and four assists to the 11 and seven he managed in those areas last term.

His efforts are said to have sparked interest from other Premier League clubs, along with leading sides in Serie A such as Juventus and Napoli.

Wolfsburg are reluctant to sell in January, but Perisic’s agent has left the door open for the likes of Everton and any other side planning an approach to address the issue again in the summer.

Tonci Martic told Radio Kiss Kiss: “Wolfsburg will not let him go in January.

“In the summer the situation might be different, we have a meeting about a contract renewal in the coming weeks.”

Perisic is already tied to Wolfsburg until 2017, so they remain in a strong position on the transfer front.

They have no need to sell and be will be aware that they can push up their asking price if a bidding war is sparked.

Premier League sides should be expected to lead that chase, with the 25-year-old ideally suited to life in the English top-flight with his power and creativity.

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