Report: Everton pursuing Genoa's Diego Laxalt - but he is dreaming of signing for Liverpool

Genoa's midfielder Diego Laxalt from Uruguay (L) fights for the ball with Juventus' forward Paulo Dybala from Argentina during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus Vs Genoa on April...

Everton are reportedly keen on Genoa winger Diego Laxalt.

According to SportItalia's Alfredo Pedulla, Everton are interested in signing Genoa winger Diego Laxalt – but he has his heart set on a move to Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

The Toffees have been active in the transfer market this summer, bringing in six new faces as Jordan Pickford, Cuco Martina, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney have arrived.

Diego Laxalt of Genoa during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and FC Torino at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on May 21, 2017 in Genoa, Italy.Diego Laxalt of Genoa

Everton may still look for more reinforcements before the end of the transfer window, with manager Ronald Koeman harbouring aspirations of pushing towards the Champions League places next season.

Now, SportItalia's Alfredo Pedulla claims that Everton have registered an interest in signing Genoa's Diego Laxalt, though they aren't the only club looking to land the Uruguayan.

Laxalt, 24, first joined Genoa on loan from Inter Milan in 2015 before penning a permanent deal last summer, and he featured prominently last season with one goal and four assists in 36 Serie A appearances.

The report claims that Torino and West Ham are also keen to sign Laxalt, and whilst Everton are hoping to sign him, it's believed that he is dreaming of signing for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp understood to be a fan.

Genoa's midfielder Diego Laxalt from Uruguay (L) fights for the ball with Juventus' forward Paulo Dybala from Argentina during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus Vs Genoa on April...Genoa's midfielder Diego Laxalt

That could mean Everton face an uphill battle in their attempts to sign Laxalt, but he would be a versatile option for Koeman should the Toffees manage to lure him to Goodison Park.

Capable of playing at left back, left wing back, left wing and central midfield, the pacey, hard-working Uruguay international could fill a number of roles for Everton, and his versatility may be particularly important given that the Toffees need cover for Leighton Baines at left back as well as other options out wide further up the pitch.

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