Report: Everton battling Leicester in race for Jean Seri after six goals, nine assists this season

Football Soccer - Nice v Saint Etienne - French Ligue 1 - Allianz Riviera Stadium

Everton and Leicester City are reportedly keen to sign Nice midfielder Jean Seri.

Football Soccer - Nice v Saint Etienne - French Ligue 1 - Allianz Riviera StadiumNice midfielder Jean Seri in action

According to RMC Sport, Everton are interested in snapping up Nice midfielder Jean Seri this summer – but face competition from Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.

Seri, 25, had been on the books with ASEC Mimosas, Porto and Pacos de Ferreira before joining Nice in 2015, having impressed in Portugal.

With three goals and six assists in 38 games last season, Seri made a decent start to life in France, but has really kicked on this term under Nice boss Lucien Favre.

Seri has notched six goals and nine assists in Ligue 1 this season, helping Nice claim third spot behind Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco – and having lost just two games this season, Nice are still in the mix for the Ligue 1 title.

Unfortunately for Nice, their superb performances this season mean that interest is mounting in some of their key players, with Seri wanted by Everton according to RMC Sport.

The Ivorian international is contracted until 2019, and whilst it's stated that Nice want to extend his contract, Everton are keen – as are Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.

Nice midfielder Jean Seri in actionNice midfielder Jean Seri in action

Everton do have a number of options in midfield already, with Ronald Koeman able to select from the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Gareth Barry and Tom Davies, but Ross Barkley's future means a new midfielder may be targeted this summer.

Barkley is out of contract in 2018, meaning Everton may need to sell him this summer – and whilst Seri may not be quite as attack-minded as Barkley, he does offer a box-to-box option who can contribute in the final third, whilst also being dangerous from set pieces as more of an all-round midfielder than Barkley.

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