According to Sky Sports, Everton have submitted a bid worth £7.2million to trigger Idrissa Gueye’s release clause.

Aston Villa only signed the 25-year-old last summer for £9m, but their relegation to the Championship means he can be snapped up in a cut-price deal and both Everton and Marseille are reported to have triggered the release clause.

The former Lille midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to Ligue 1 with Marseille, but he has reportedly rejected their interest as he looks to return to the Premier League.

English champions Leicester were thought to be keen on Gueye before signing N’Golo Kante last year and may renew their interest after they lost the France star to Chelsea.

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