By Saikat Mandal

19th Jun, 2022 | 1:13pm

Everton battle Arsenal and West Ham to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko

Everton are keen to land Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko in the summer, but they face competition from Arsenal and West Ham, as per The Daily Mail. 

The British newspaper reported in their printed edition on 19 June (page 147) that Zinchenko wants to play in midfield, and Frank Lampard would be happy to provide him with that opportunity. 

If he moves to Goodison Park, he will link up with compatriot, Vitaly Mykolenko. The 25-year-old joined the Toffees in 2016, where he won nine major trophies including four Premier League titles. 

Interesting option

The Toffees need to be quick if they are serious about landing Zinchenko. 

He has operated as a left-wing back for City all these years but now wants to explore himself as a midfielder. 

Bolstering the midfield is essential for the club, and Lampard wants Zinchenko to be a part of his side. He can always contribute as a left-back if and when Mykolenko is not playing. 

Zinchenko has got vast experience of playing in the Premier League, and therefore it is expected that he would hit the ground running if he moves to Goodison Park. 

He only featured in the Premier League 15 times in the previous campaign (2021-22) as City became Premier League champions. 

Graeme Bailey reported for 90 Min on 9 June that the player is open to leaving the club, while City won’t stand in his way. 

Zinchenko plays as a midfielder for his national team and Lampard seems convinced by his ability. 

In other Everton news, the club are now searching for a new Loans Pathway Manager and have set a deadline for 1 July.

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