Everton are not interested in a move for Napoli forward Hirving Lozano, despite reports this week that they had discussed the Mexican with the Italian side.

That’s according to journalist Ciro Venerato, who disputes reports earlier week claiming that the player was on Everton’s radar.

The Blues have long been linked with a move for Lozano, who Ancelotti pushed for Napoli to sign last summer and Marcel Brands brought to Europe with PSV Eindhoven.

There have been numerous reports about them chasing him this summer, with one this week saying that Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis and Farhad Moshiri had discussed the player during talks over a move for midfielder Allan.

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That same report indicated it was not a move that either side were pursuing at this moment in time but remained a ‘hypothesis’ that could not be ruled out.

Venerato, though, says it is not even that, as Ancelotti hasn’t asked the Blues for a reunion with his former player.

“Mino Raiola is trying to place one of his clients in the Premier League: I’m referring to Hirving Lozano,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, relayed by Area Napoli. 

“Do Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton want him? The coach has only asked for two Napoli players, Allan and Nikola Maksimović. He won’t take the Mexican.” 

That, then, would seem to put an end to these rumours for the time being, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see them resurface later in the window.

Everton need a player in his position, and if Lozano continues to be out of Gennaro Gattuso’s plans at Napoli, it’s a move that makes plenty of sense for all parties.

The Toffees are even likely to accept a loan deal if that’s what Napoli want, with their current finances and need to spend elsewhere making that a deal that would suit them.