Sky Sports pundit predicts twists, thinks Everton could still sign Maxwel Cornet after Dwight McNeil

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Everton completing a deal for Maxwel Cornet is still a possibility despite signing Dwight McNeil, believes Kevin Campbell.

The Toffees spent plenty of time trying to reach an agreement on the versatile Ivorian before they picked up his former Burnley teammate, and are now facing strong opposition for his signature from the likes of West Ham.

Sky Sports pundit Campbell doesn’t believe bringing McNeil in should end their interest because the club have wanted the Englishman since a year ago, and feels a deal could still get done to add the versatile Cornet who is available for “cheap money”.

“Well I think Cornet can play down the middle as well can’t he?” he said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.

“Can play left-back, left wing, centre-forward. So they’ve got a player there who can play multiple positions.

“Look I’m not sure if their interest is dead, but McNeil, I think they were after him for a couple of seasons if I’m not mistaken.

“The start of last season especially there was big talk about him coming to Everton, and obviously it’s waited a year and then they’ve got him.

“I think Cornet still… you can never have enough quality in your squad, especially with five subs now, you can’t have enough quality in your squad. 

“If you can pick up Cornet, what is it, £17.5million? He’s got a get-out clause. That’s cheap money.

“That’s cheap money for a good player. He made a real difference at Burnley early on. 

“I think it might be something that gets done, but look, we’re going to find out. There’s going to be a lot of twists up until the 1st of September.”

Everton aren’t out of the equation on Cornet but look like they have probably moved into the pack, as opposed to times in recent weeks where it looked like their deal to get done.

Although McNeil scored twice on his debut in the friendly against Dynamo Kyiv he was far less productive than his teammate for the relegated Clarets last season.

If the club could find a way to pay more up front and get the deal done for the 25-year-old he would surely be a boost to Frank Lampard’s squad, but if it is financially unviable then that will be a disappointment.