By George Overhill

18th Jun, 2022 | 7:10pm

Everton were interested in PSG-bound midfielder Vitinha

Everton were “keeping tabs” on Porto midfielder Vitinha who now looks to be headed to Paris Saint-Germain, according to 90min.

Frank Lampard is thought to be keen on bringing in help in the midfield area, and the 22-year-old was of interest the club alongside a host of other suitors.

It looks like the Ligue 1 giants have blown everyone else out of the water though after meeting the player’s €40million release-clause.

A strong season in Portugal put the international on the radar of English sides including Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham, Leeds, and Newcastle, in addition to the Toffees according to 90min, but all will have to move on to new targets.

Guardian reporter Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Vitinha is now set for a medical with the French champions, but claimed only one unnamed English club was interested, although he says it was not the club from Old Trafford.

Wishful thinking

Even if the Toffees had the financial muscle that they have until recently had under Farhad Moshiri it is hard to see them being in a position to have won this race.

Should Richarlison complete a big-money move elsewhere during the window Lampard may be in a position to come up with a big fee for someone, although it may not be as much as hoped.

But once the likes of PSG, or even members of the Premier League big six, get involved it is likely to end Everton chances currently.

The narrow relegation escape is not going to have made the club a hugely attractive option in comparison, especially when the finances are a well-known issue.

In the circumstances the manager is going to be forced to look at options who are in search of a new start, or those who have yet to attract as much attention.

It may be a slight disappointment for fans to learn the club had been in the tail of a highly-rated target, but with so much competition they probably never had a realistic chance of bringing him in.

In other Everton news, a much more feasible target has emerged and the club may be in pole position to pull off a cut-price move for him.

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