Report: West Ham and Everton make offers to sign Leonardo Bittencourt

Everton's Scottish manager David Moyes (R) looks towards West Ham United's English manager Sam Allardyce (L) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and...

Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham have been linked with the Cologne player.

Cologne's German midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt (L) and Hoffenheim's German midfielder Kevin Vogt vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Cologne vs...

Cologne might have been relegated from the Bundesliga one year after they qualified for Europe for the first time in two decades, but no one could point the finger at Leonardo Bittencourt.

The 24-year-old winger has been one of the few players to do himself proud this season and appeared to be almost single-handedly attempting to keep Cologne in the top flight. He has scored four goals in his last three games.

But according to German outlet Express, the Billy Goats are likely to be bidding farewell to Bittencourt this summer.

Cologne´s midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt celebrates scoring  during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs FC Cologne in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on February...

It is understood that Premier League duo West Ham United and Everton have now made formal offers to sign the former Borussia Dortmund winger, who was once rated very highly by Jurgen Klopp at the Signal Iduna Park.

This comes just a week after Bild stated that Tottenham Hotspur had made an approach to sign Bittencourt. It is understood that he has a £7 million release clause in his contract, which appears to have come into effect now Cologne’s relegation is confirmed.

Cologne's German midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt and Schalke's German defender Thilo Kehrer vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Cologne vs...

And while Jonas Hector and Timo Horn have admirably committed their future to the now second division outfit, Bittencourt could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

Although it remains to be seen where he ends up –  Everton, West Ham United or somewhere else entirely.

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