Later News Jul 21

EPL transfer tattle: Spurs set to trade Lamela for Gil, Benitez closes in on Leicester flop Gray


The man with the most guai lan (figurative translation: annoying) face in the English Premier League, Erik Lamela, could be headed for the exit door at Tottenham Hotspur.

 

Spurs are reportedly including Lamela in a deal for Spanish winger Bryan Gil, and will likely have to fork out around €25m (S$40.25m) to sign the Sevilla star. Although it wouldn’t surprise us if Sevilla had actually quoted Spurs €15m for Gil, but added the €10m when Spurs included Lamela in the deal as payment for having to be saddled with that face for the next few years.

 

WATCH: Lamela's Rabona goal against Arsenal

 

In signing Gil, however, Spurs will be adding one of Spain’s most exciting young talents to their ranks, as they continue to seek a cure to the ‘Spursiness’ virus they find themselves inflicted with.

 

At the very least, he will certainly represent an upgrade on Lamela, who has scored just 17 goals in 177 league appearances for Spurs over the last eight trophyless years. Yes, he scored that famous rabona goal in Spurs’ defeat to Arsenal last season, but that’s about as good as it ever got for the Argentinian.

 

Gil recorded four goals and three assists in the La Liga while on loan at Eibar last season, and is part of Spain’s squad for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

 

WATCH: Great Bryan Gil goals in Spain training

 

Meanwhile at Goodison Park, new Everton boss Rafa Benitez has wasted little time in stamping his mark on the club by diving straight into the transfer market for new signings.

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Unfortunately for Toffee fans, however, the mark Benitez has made so far bears an unmistakable resemblance to a pee stain that you find on your jeans after having laughed too hard on a full bladder.

 

Instead of buying youth players with potential, Benitez has decided to do a Harry Redknapp and focus his efforts on signing players who never quite made the grade at the top level of the Premier League.

 

This includes 34-year-old journeyman goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, as well as winger and knockoff version of Theo Walcott, Andros Townsend.

 

Townsend, who worked with Benitez at Newcastle United, said: “Everton are a massive football club and has big ambitions next season. As the old cliche goes, it was a no-brainer.

 

“Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned... He's a great man-manager and he's always talking to you. I'm sure he will be very successful here.”

 

WATCH: Benitez takes Everton training as pre-season begins

 

Having secured the signings of Begovic and Townsend, Benitez is now closing in on a bargain deal for ex-Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, who scored just one Bundesliga goal in what was a disappointing season with Bayer Leverkusen.

 

At just 25 years of age, however, Gray at least still has room for improvement – something that can’t really be said for Everton’s other two signings.

 

Gray, who made 133 appearances and scored 10 goals in his five years with Leicester, is expected to cost the Merseyside outfit a mere €1.7m.