By Anthony Onifade

17th Mar, 2023 | 1:10pm

Everton transfer news as club 'really interested' in Udinese defender Rodrigo Becao

Nottingham Forest have joined Everton in the race to sign Udinese defender Rodrigo Becao having tried to sign him in January, and the two clubs are “really interested” in the Brazilian, according to MundoUdinese.

Becao is out of contract at the Serie A outfit this summer and according to Messaggero Veneto [28 February], the Brazilian was offered an extension until 2025 but rejected the chance to sign a new deal.

He is expected to leave in the summer and the Toffees who made a bid for him in January are still keen on signing the 27-year-old, along with Forest who were also willing to take him in the winter window.

“Other requests come mainly from the Premier League with two clubs in particular that are really interested in his performance. The first is Nottingham Forest who tried to sign the Brazilian already this January, report MundoUdinese [16 March].

“The second, however, is Everton who have been controlling the central situation for even longer.”

The report also adds that Serie A giants Inter Milan and Napoli are also well in the frame for the defender’s signature.

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Sign him

The Toffees are going to require defenders in the summer and Becao appears to be someone who Sean Dyche really wants to bring to the club.

It certainly explains the bid which was submitted at the end of the January window and perhaps due to the lack of time to find a new replacement, the Serie A club did not let him leave.

Everton are about to undergo major surgery in central defence, with the likes of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Conor Coady all potentially set to leave in the summer window.

The Toffees will desperately need players ready to come in and add quality to Dyche’s setup and Becao represents a very sensible solution.

The Brazilian has become one of the most impressive central defenders in Serie A over the past few campaigns, known for his forceful, combative and assured defensive attributes which make him ready for Premier League football.

However, convincing Becao to join their ranks will be highly dependent on their Premier League status.