A select round-up of the latest Everton transfer news...
The Toffees have upped the ante in their bid to sign a new central defender after England international John Stones finally completed his protracted switch to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Welsh international skipper Williams is widely regarded as one of the most consistent centre-backs in the Premier League, and he is said to have already bid farewell to his colleagues at the Liberty Stadium.
Another player who could be arriving at Goodison Park shortly is Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, with an exclusive by HITC highlighting how the Eagles have reluctantly accepted a bid in the region of £25 million.
As told in the report by HITC, Palace will not only pocket a hefty fee for the winger but also striker Oumar Niasse will arrive on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
The 26-year-old Senegalese international only joined Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow in January for £13.5million, but after struggling to make an impact Everton are heppy to move him on.
The DR Congo winger is now said have been given permission to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical at Everton, while former side Bristol City are set to receive a 20% windfall of the fee.
Everton have been in need of bolstering their forward line and in particular in wide areas, and few could argue that Bolasie is one of the best and most direct of wingers currently playing in the Premier League.
Everton's Phil Jagielka
In other news, Sunderland boss David Moyes is keen on reuniting with Everton’s Phil Jagielka.
The Mirror claim Everton are closing in on a deal for Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, and in a bid to find a suitable replacement, Moyes has posed the question of a part-exchange deal.
Jagielka, 33, was signed by Moyes back in 2007 and has since become the club’s captain and a reliable servant at the back with more than 300 appearances to his name.
With news of Kone and Williams heading to Everton and Ramiro Funes Mori also an option, Jagielka could find first-team opportunities hard to come by if he remains at Goodison Park.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure are substituted
Finally, reports from Voetbal International say that Everton anticipate the arrival of Manchester City’s Wilfried Bony should Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku leave the club this summer.
It’s looking increasingly likely that Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge before the transfer deadline, and Koeman is said to have given the green light in terms of bringing in Bony as his replacement.
The former Vitesse man is seemingly out of favour at City with boss Pep Guardiola happy to let him go.