Sam Allardyce has urged Theo Walcott to pick Everton over a move back to Southampton.
The Toffees boss confirmed they are in talks with Arsenal over a £20m move for the England forward ahead of today’s clash with Tottenham at Wembley.
But they face stiff competition from Walcott’s former club Southampton.
“If that is possible to get over the line I’d be delighted,” said Allardyce.
“When a player like that becomes available you say where does he fit into your plans and he gives us balance in the squad.
“The overall future of the club is why I am here because the future looks good. I have to balance that progress off the field with progress on it.
“He is the right age with the right experience to make an impact on Everton Football Club. At 28 he is in prime age for a player in today’s Premier League world because of all the experience and knowledge he has gained, he should be at the peak of his career.
“We have got a chance to sign him. It is fair to say we all know who we are competing with.”
Mason Holgate will be in the squad despite a turbulent few days for the young defender.
Holgate, 21, claimed he was racially abused by Liverpool Star Roberto Firmino in the Merseyside derby eight days ago and the FA are investigating.
But he is also under investigation for homophobic tweets in 2012 and 2013.
Allardyce said: “There’s nothing wrong with Mason’s desire or commitment to go on the field and prove what he is as a young central defender in this country.
“In terms of when it happened years ago, he’s fully aware and doesn’t need to be reminded of the situation because they already know.
“We go through meeting after meeting, all areas, through the FA, through the PFA on what to do and what not to do.
“This is a historical tweet from years ago so he doesn’t need any reminding because all the players have already been made aware for more than this year.
“It’s not in my hands whatever the situation is now, but we will find out if and when what the course of action is.”
Davy Klaasen and Sandro Ramirez could be sold this month despite only arriving last summer under former boss Ronald Koeman.
La Liga: Granada CF vs Real Madrid 1-4 – Highlights Download Video
Granada CF vs Real Madrid 1-4 – Highlights Download 13 May 2021 La Liga
After Atletico Madrid’s win yesterday, Madrid know they need to match that today to keep up the pressure in the title race. They’re unbeaten in their last 15 LaLiga games (W10 D5), a run that goes back to the start of February, but they’ve drawn three of their previous five.
They face a Granada side that have lost their last two outings, but before that, Diego Martinez’s side came out on top against Barcelona with a 2-1 victory.
Zinedine Zidane makes three changes to his side after the draw with Sevilla last time out as he brings in Gutierrez, Park and Rodrygo. Kroos and Odriozola start on the bench and Marcelo is left out of the matchday squad.
Martinez makes four changes to the team that lost to Real Betis at the weekend. Silva is in goal, with Eteki, Vico and Molina also coming into the starting line-up. Escandell and Suarez drop to the bench, while Angel Montoro and Yangel Herrera miss out through injury.
EPL: Manchester United vs Liverpool 2-4 – Highlights [DOWNLOAD VIDEO]
Manchester United vs Liverpool 2-4 – Highlights Download 13 May 2021 Premier League
United have lost just one of their last 15 home games against Liverpool in all competitions, and are unbeaten in their previous eight since a 0-3 loss in March 2014.
Solskjaer makes ten changes to his side from the defeat to Leicester, with Greenwood dropping to the bench this time around. Liverpool boss Klopp makes just one alteration to his starting XI, with Firmino coming in for Mane.
Police officers were injured during the clashes on May 2, but local forces and United have taken extra care to make sure that the game can go ahead as normal. Barriers were erected around Old Trafford earlier on Thursday, while Manchester United’s players have been inside the ground for several hours.
Liverpool’s squad made their way into the ground via a decoy coach, and thankfully the operation looks to have gone smoothly.
Levante vs Barcelona 3-3 – Highlights [DOWNLOAD VIDEO]
Levante vs Barcelona 3-3 – Highlights Download 11 May 2021 Premier League
Barcelona have the chance to go top of the league with a win today, and come into this game having lost just one of their last six in all competitions (W4 D1), though they missed a big chance to leapfrog Atletico Madrid when they drew with the league leaders last time out.
They face a Levante side that are winless in their last five (D1 L4) and who are without a win at home since mid-March when they beat Valencia 1-0.
Barcelona have recorded the joint-most wins (22, level with Real Madrid) and most goals scored (86) of any side against Levante in LaLiga history.
Just the two changes by Ronald Koeman to his team after their draw with Atletico last time out. Araujo and Dembele both come into the side, with Mingueza and Dest starting on the bench.