For months, Everton have been expected to sign Andre Gomes on a permanent transfer. Having the Portuguese midfielder on loan, it was seen as something of a formality that a deal would be found.

Marco Silva wants the player, Gomes appears happy, and yet now West Ham are being pushed ahead by the Spanish media. It’s long seemed (for about three years) that Tottenham interest hasn’t been quite as serious as sometimes reported, with Spurs used in more than one transfer window to hype up interest in the player.

Wednesday’s edition of Marca looks at the current situation.

Barcelona sources appear to have told the Spanish newspaper they’re going to be tough over a transfer fee, despite needing funds in for signings themselves.

It’s claimed Gomes won’t be going for less than €30m, so West Ham’s £20m offer has therefore been rejected. The two clubs ‘continue to negotiate’ to try and find a deal, and it’s stated the Hammers are aware of what it will cost them.

West Ham are currently the ‘strongest’ in the battle, and it’s thought ‘everything indicates’ a permanent move to Premier League… but the club isn’t yet known.