Everton already have an agreement in place with Burnley star Maxwell Cornet, but still need to negotiate with the Clarets over the forward.

That’s according to But! Football Club, specifically journalist Ignazio Genuardi, who says the Toffees had taken ‘pole position’ for the Ivorian forward this summer after Fulham’s advances didn’t interest the player.

According to their information, they ‘already found an agreement’ with Cornet on a five-year deal worth €80,000 a week for him to move to Goodison Park.

Those negotiations were relatively simple but talks with Burnley were ‘a bit more complicated’.

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Everton initially launched their efforts with a bid of €17m plus €4m in bonuses, an offer that matched the player’s €21m release clause, albeit not in one full payment.

This offer was rejected by Burnley, who demanded a higher fixed for the transfer to take place. Everton have since ‘hesitated to relaunch’ their efforts.

That’s opened the door for West Ham to make an offer should they fail to get Filip Kostic, while Nottingham Forest are also ‘strongly interested’ in Cornet as well.

Genuardi does not say that either of those clubs have an agreement in place with the player, though, so Everton would presumably still be at the front of the queue in that respect.

Whether they still want Cornet after signing Dwight McNeill remains to be seen, but if they do it seems they need to offer Burnley a bigger fixed fee for the transfer to happen.