Premier League: Everton close in on second January signing

The Toffees are close to boosting their numbers once again with a second acquisition in the January transfer window in the space of a week.

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Eager: Koeman publically demanded action from the club’s owners in the transfer market after last weekend’s FA Cup defeat by Leicester (Picture from Sky Sports)

Everton are edging closer to completing their second signing of the January transfer window.

The Toffees have already captured the signature of promising teenage forward Ademola Lookman, 19, for £11 million from League One side Charlton Athletic.

And boss Ronald Koeman is set to bolster his midfield ranks in the form of Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin, who has reportedly undergone a medical ahead of a £22 million move.

The highly-rated Frenchman has found opportunities at Old Trafford hard to come by since his £25 million move from Southampton – where he previously played under Koeman – in the summer of 2015.

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Rejection: United turned down a bid from West Bromwich Albion for Schneiderlin, who has been unable to oust first-team regulars in the Reds’ engine room (Picture from Sky Sports)

Speaking in his press conference after United’s 2-0 EFL Cup semi-final first-leg victory over Hull City on Tuesday, Mourinho said of Schneiderlin’s imminent departure: “I’m sad and I’m happy. I’m sad because I like him and he could be an option for us in a long season.

“I’m happy because this is what he wants, he wants to play every game and wants to be an important player in the team.

“If this is what he wants I’m happy for a very good professional and someone that I can only say good things about.”

Schneiderlin made 39 appearances in his first season with the Reds under Louis van Gaal but has only made three starts and five substitute appearances this term under Mourinho.

He would still have stiff competition, however, should he make the switch to Goodison Park – battling for a starting berth with Ross Barkley, Idrissa Gueye, James McCarthy, Tom Cleverley and Gareth Barry.

Everton are currently seventh in the Premier League, with 30 points from 20 games, but 12 points adrift of the top four.

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