West Ham are confident that they will be able to see off competition from Everton to sign Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons on loan for the coming campaign, according to a report from the Sunday Express (23/6; page 6 of their Sport pullout).
Gonalons looks set to be on the move this summer after a disappointing loan spell with Sevilla. He made 10 appearances for the La Liga side as he struggled to shake off the injury-prone tag that has plagued him since his move to the Italian capital in 2017.
The Sunday Express (23/6; page 6) reports that the Serie A giants are ready to let the Frenchman go on another loan next season, and the Hammers and Toffees are weighing up whether to try and bring him to the Premier League.
And the report notes that the Irons are optimistic that they will be the ones to win the race to sign the 30-year-old this summer, with Manuel Pellegrini now looking for his fourth signing of the window, following the deals for Roberto, David Martin and Pablo Fornals.
Lucky escape for Everton?
If Gonalons stays clear of injury, he could be a very shrewd addition to West Ham's squad should they win the race for his signature. However, it seems unlikely that many Everton fans will be particularly disappointed to see him head elsewhere.
He has struggled to rediscover the form that he showed at Lyon. And his injury record suggests that it would be a roll of the dice for either club to make a move, even on loan. So it will be interesting to see which club is kicking themselves next summer if West Ham do manage to sign him.
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