Report: Everton veteran Phil Jagielka becomes latest player targeted for lucrative move to China

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Everton skipper Phil Jagielka is reportedly being targeted for a move to China.

According to The Sun, Everton captain Phil Jagielka is being targeted for a shock move to China, potentially following a number of major players there.

Chinese football has been given a real shot in the arm over the last month, with a host of big names moving out to the Far East on lucrative contracts.

Colombian international hitman Jackson Martinez left Atletico Madrid for Guangzhou Evergrande, Gael Kakuta, Stephane Mbia and Gervinho all moved to Hebei Fortune, Brazilian stars Ramires and Alex Teixeira signed for Jiangsu Suning, whilst West Ham United striker Nikica Jelavic is set to join Beijing Renhe, according to Sky Sports.

With big money on offer, a number of players are being enticed over to China - and clubs are now reportedly eyeing up Phil Jagielka as their next target, with The Sun reporting that Chinese Super League clubs are hoping to land Jagielka before their transfer deadline on the 26th of February.

The Everton captain, 33, has racked up over 300 appearances for the Toffees since signing from Sheffield United in 2007, but manager Roberto Martinez has other options such as John Stones and Ramiro Funes Mori in his ranks right now.

A move to China would be stunning right now, given that Jagielka is hoping to play at Euro 2016 this summer, but it's suggested that Chinese clubs are keen to lure Jagielka because he's an England international, and would be a coup for the league.

With a lucrative offer potentially on the table, a veteran like Jagielka would no doubt consider such a move - but whether Everton would be willing to part with him is another matter.

Should Everton sell Jagielka to a Chinese club?

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