Report: Everton want £12m for Besic, could be used in Middlesbrough swap

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Mo Besic shone on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough after moving from Premier League outfit Everton in the January transfer window.

Muhamed Besic of  Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Middlesbrough at Pirelli Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Everton’s decision to loan Mo Besic to Middlesbrough in January worked out perfectly for all parties.

The Bosnian midfielder had barely featured at Goodison Park over the last few seasons due to a series of injuries, not to mention the addition of new signings and academy graduates which left him well down the pecking order.

But Besic shone in the North East, putting those fitness issues behind him to start 17 Championship games and lead Middlesbrough into the play-off places. As a result, the 25-year-old has restored his reputation – and inflated his price-tag too.

Muhamed Besic of Everton runs with the ball under pressure from Steven Gerrard of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on...

And the Northern Echo is now reporting that Everton are not looking to loan out Besic again this summer but will let him go permanently so long as someone is willing to pay his £12 million price-tag.

This would be fantastic business for Everton, especially considering that Besic has started just 22 Premier League games since his £4 million move from Ferencvaros in 2014.

The Northern Echo adds that Besic, a ferocious and tough-tackling throwback of a midfielder, would be interested in a return to Middlesbrough if he is told that he has no future at Goodison Park.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa collides with Mo Besic of Middlesbrough  during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa...

Interestingly, however, the report claims that Everton are willing to offer Besic to Boro as a makeweight in a deal that would bring centre-back Ben Gibson to Merseyside.

Tony Pulis, the Middlesbrough manager, would love to see Besic return.

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