Report: Everton hold talks with £14m Stoke midfielder Badou Ndiaye

Everton manager Marco Silva gestures during the Pre-Season Friendly between Everton and Valencia at Goodison Park on August 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Stoke City's Badou Ndiaye appears to be on his way back to the Premier League with Everton reportedly leading the chase.

Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Bet365 Stadium on February 10, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Badou Ndiaye has been linked with a move away from Stoke City ever since they were relegated from the Premier League, despite only arriving at the Potteries in January for £14 million.

The likes of Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been mentioned as potential suitors, but it seems now that Everton are leading the chase to sign the Senegal international before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday.

 

The Mail (live blog, 1.30pm) reported a week ago that Everton were interested in signing the energetic midfielder, with Marco Silva keen to partner Ndiaye with his Senegal teammate Idrissa Gana Gueye in the centre of the park.

It was also claimed that Ndiaye would welcome the chance to return to the Premier League rather than spend the season in the Championship with Stoke.

Badou Ndiaye of Stoke City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent,...

And latest reports from the Mail (live blog, 11.53am) suggest that Everton are now stepping up their pursuit. It is claimed that Everton held further talks with Ndiaye on Monday, as a move to Goodison Park appears to edge closer.

The 27-year-old might not be the only big-money midfielder to leave Stoke this week. It is reported that Potters flop Gianni Imbula could move to Levante to replace Bournemouth-bound Jefferson Lerma.

Everton manager Marco Silva during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England.

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