By Declan Walsh

19th Jul, 2022 | 3:28pm

Everton deal to sign Maxwel Cornet must suit Kevin Thelwell as one bid made already - Sky Sports

An Everton swoop to sign Maxwel Cornet from Burnley must suit what Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell want, according to Sky Sports.

The broadcaster reported via their live transfer blog on Tuesday (19 July, 01:28pm) that the Blues remain hot on the heels of the 25-year-old attacker despite seeing a loan bid for him rejected.

It is understood that Cornet is likely to leave Burnley this summer “and there is a strong possibility that Everton will come again” for the Ivory Coast international.

Lampard and director of football Thelwell are said to be keen on getting Everton “back on an even keel” so any deal for Cornet fit their agenda.

Fulham are also said to be keen.

Important deal?

Cornet was part of the Burnley side that was relegated last season – but that doesn’t mean he’d be a bad signing.

The former Lyon ace, who can pretty much anywhere down the left-flank or as a striker, scored nine goals in 26 Premier League appearances for the Clarets with one of them coming against the Toffees at Turf Moor.

Cornet did miss some of the season through injury while he was also a late-August addition by Sean Dyche last summer.

If the Lancashire club had him available all season for all 38 games, it could’ve been Leeds who went down. Or Everton.

Cornet’s a great player and we feel as though he’d offer a lot of strength to the side.

We need a new left-back, we need a new left-winger and we need a new striker.

He can fill all of those roles so Lampard may see him as a Swiss army knife, a jack-of-all-trades, who can improve his Everton side by leaps and bounds.

It could be worth the clubs time in trying to push the boat out a little more for Cornet as he should be worth the money if a permanent deal is on the cards.