Transfer Talk: Toon and Toffees eye Moroccan star Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech is on the radar of both Newcastle and Everton as Premier League giants Chelsea look to trim their squad in the final days of the January transfer window.
The West Londoners were reportedly keen on bringing Anthony Gordon in as a potential replacement for the Morocco ace, but have since dropped their interest after the Toffees requested upwards of £40million for the 21-year-old attacker.
Reports from both The Telegraph and Sky Sports have linked Ziyech with a switch to the north of England, with Chelsea's asking price somewhere close to £25m.
The 50-cap international was a key player for his country in last year's World Cup, scoring once in the Atlas Lions' run to the semi-finals.
However, Ziyech has only made 10 league appearances this term and has not scored a Premier League goal for the Blues since last February.
His role as an inverted right-winger has not been as effective as Graham Potter will have hoped and the ex-Ajax trickster has only been involved in one league win in his last seven outings.
The arrival of Mykhailo Mudryk and Raheem Sterling's recovery from injury makes it increasingly likely that Ziyech will depart Stamford Bridge.
Should he have the choice of Newcastle or Everton, he is likely to pick the former with their upwards trajectory a more appealing project for the Champions League winner.
In other news
AC Milan are one of several clubs who are monitoring the situation of Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo, according to The Sun.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Brighton's Tariq Lamptey could leave the Seagulls this month with Lyon interested in the full-back.
Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Everton and Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana as a possible alternative to Benfica's Enzo Fernandez, reports The Independent.