Blues beat off West Ham and Spurs to agree £22m fee with Barcelona

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EVERTON have seen off Spurs and West Ham to agree a £22million fee for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.

Now the Portuguese international, 25, is set to sign a permanent deal with Marco Silva’s team after a successful season on loan at Goodison.

West Ham actually offered £25million for the player and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was also keen to add Gomes to his squad.

But the player made it clear that he wanted to stay at Everton, where he has established himself as a fans’ favourite and gets on well with manager Silva.

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Gomes’ reluctance to consider a move to another Premier League team has scuppered Barcelona’s hopes of starting an auction for a player who cost them almost £40million when they signed him from Valencia in 2016.

Everton have recouped the majority of that fee by offloading Nikola Vlasic to CSKA Moscow for £14million.

The Croatian international winger managed just 12 Premier League appearances following a £10million move from Hajduk Split in 2017.

Signed by former boss Ronald Koeman, he did not fit into Silva’s long-term plans and has been allowed to leave after spending last season on loan in the Russian League with CSKA.

But Everton look as though they are going to miss out on Argentine midfielder Santiago Sosa despite agreeing a £13million fee for the River Plate youngster.

Sosa, who has never played for his country and has managed only a handful of appearances in Argentina’s top division, has been refused a work permit by the British authorities.

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