Report: Everton activate Idrissa Gueye's £7.2 million release clause

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

The Blues have made a move for the Aston Villa midfielder.

Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye (L) and Leandro Bacuna (R) in action with Watford's Almen AbdiAston Villa's Idrissa Gueye (L) and Leandro Bacuna (R) in action with Watford's Almen Abdi

According to the Daily Mail, Everton have activated the £7.2 million release clause for Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

The Blues are looking to be busy this summer, with Ronald Koeman backed by shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

One of the areas the Dutchman is looking to add in is central midfield, likely in the search for a replacement for veteran Gareth Barry.

Stoke's Charlie Adam in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa GueyeStoke's Charlie Adam in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

They have been frustrated in that hunt so far though, with a big money move for Belgium star Axel Witsel hitting several snags and him looking likely to end up elsewhere.

And it appears the Blues have now turned their attention elsewhere as a result with the Daily Mail reporting they have made a move for Aston Villa midfielder Gueye.

They claim that Koeman’s side have activated the £7.2 million release clause in his contract and are trying to push through a deal.

West Brom's Claudio Yacob in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa GueyeWest Brom's Claudio Yacob in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

The Senegal international was previously targeted by Leicester City and it appears that Steve Walsh has retained that interest after making the move to Goodison Park.

It remains to be seen if they can secure a deal, with the report claiming other Premier League sides are interested in his services also.

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa GueyeArsenal's Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil in action with Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye

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