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When Everton expect to announce Iliman Ndiaye signing

Everton are making progress to secure a deal for Marseille attacking midfielder Iliman Ndiaye in the summer transfer window. 

The 24-year-old has given his green signal to move to Goodison Park, and he has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with Everton.

Alan Myers of Sky Sports reported on 25 June that a deal has been agreed, but some steps remain before the move will be officially confirmed.

However, fresh reports from Inews (25 June) claim that while the deal is progressing well, talks of an agreement being struck are premature. Ndiaye is a “priority” target for Sean Dyche, as he wants to reshape his attacking options at Goodison Park.

Journalist Mark Douglas suggests that an announcement would likely not come until after the June 30 ‘soft’ PSR deadline, which is when the Toffees will have to submit their accounts.

Everton initially wanted to sign him on loan with a view to making the deal permanent, but Marseille want a straight transfer. As per Fabrizio Romano, the Toffees will pay around £17 million to secure his services.

Busy transfer window so far for Everton

The Toffees have signed Aston Villa midfielder Tim Iroegbunam for a fee of around £9 million and have added Jack Harrison, who joined from Leeds United, on loan. 

Ndiaye will become the third signing of the summer once the deal goes through. Everton have sold Lewis Dobbin to Villa, and it remains to be seen if they are forced to sell one or two more players before the end of this month.

A window of opportunity opened for them when Newcastle United tried to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has one year left on his present deal. However, Everton’s doughty refusal to accept anything less than £40 million resulted in the Magpies walking away from the deal.

Jarrad Branthwaite has been heavily linked with a move away from Goodison Park, with Manchester United keen to land him. The Toffees have rejected one offer and are not willing to sell their talented centre-back for anything less than £70 million.

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