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Lille are set to make Everton and West Ham target Jonathan Ikone, Wolves target Renato Sanches and Tottenham target Zeki Celik available for January transfers, per Foot Mercato.

The Ligue 1 title-holders must balance the books in January after President Olivier Letang announced debts of €159m (£136m).

Letang had hoped to shave off more of Les Dogues’ debts in the summer, but could not sell some players. Leaving the burdens of Lille’s previous management impacting this season.

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Letang must now sacrifice some of manager Jocelyn Gourvennec’s key men in Ikone, Celik and Sanches to raise funds. With interest emerging across Europe in the trio’s services.


Several Italian sides admire Ikone and Lille turned down a €20m (£17m) bid in the summer transfer window. Sevilla are also now keen, with Letang potentially open to lesser offers.

Sanches would have the widest scope of suitors if he leaves the Stade Pierre Mauroy. The Portugal midfielder is admired at Wolves, and could be available for €25m (£21.5m).

Celik, meanwhile, has a suitor in Atletico Madrid, and Lille are already eying replacements from other Ligue 1 sides. Which could catch Antonio Conte’s interest in north London.

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Transfers for Lille’s Celik and Ikone of interest to Everton, West Ham and Tottenham

Reports by TuttoMercatoWEB recently claimed Tottenham are still considering a transfer for Lille right-back, and Roma target, Celik. Spurs explored signing the Turkey international this summer when available for £13m, but Fiorentina are also now monitoring his situation.

West Ham and Everton, meanwhile, will be attentive to Ikone’s situation at Lille ahead of the January transfer window. As Calciomercato claim the Hammers and Toffees like the 23-year-old winger, who has scored twice in 18 appearances across all competitions this term.

However, Everton and West Ham may face competition from AC Milan, yet Milan Live note they are cooling their interest. But a lower price than the summer could bring them back.