Everton reach full agreement with Manchester United for James Garner - Fabrizio Romano
Everton have reached a full agreement with Manchester United for the permanent transfer of James Garner, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Toffees are looking to add more depth to their squad before the transfer deadline closes on Thursday night, and Garner is seen as an ideal target to do that for Frank Lampard.
The clubs have now agreed a deal worth between £15-20m for the England Under-21 international, but are waiting to agree personal terms as the player makes a final decision with other clubs still interested.
Full agreement between Everton and Manchester United for James Garner as bid has been accepted — around £15/20m, it will be clear later today,” he said on his personal Twitter account.
“Discussions ongoing on personal terms, Garner has to decide as there are other clubs in the race — [Everton] are confident.”
TalkSPORT are reporting that the deal is worth £15m including add-ons.
Lampard was adamant the squad would be strengthened this summer and while it has taken a little while to do it, it seems that the boss has got his wish.
After already adding James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre, Conor Coady, Amadou Onana and Dwight McNeil, Everton have now added Neal Maupay plus the imminent arrivals of Idrissa Gueye and Garner mean great depth.
The central midfield area is absolutely stacked now with Onana, Gueye and Garner joined by Alex Iwobi, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies, Allan, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin still all on the books too.
It’s likely that at least two of those will leave before the window closes simply for squad number reasons, but they’ve been replaced beforehand meaning Everton are in a position of strength.
Garner brings great passing ability, box-to-box energy, an eye for goal and defensive nous as well as being just 21 with good experience. It’s a fantastic bit of business.