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Premier League clubs interested in signing Lille midfielder

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have expressed an interest in signing Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Tottenham and Everton are looking at Yves Bissouma but the Premier League clubs also face competition from abroad. Schalke and Monaco see Bissouma as a replacement to Leon Goretzka and Fabinho respectively.

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With Spurs having a major overhaul this summer, Mousa Dembele is one of five players who could be leaving White Hart Lane. The 31-year-old only has a year left on his contract and could be tempted by a move to China.

Spurs see Bissouma as a long-term replacement for Dembele and have scouted him throughout the season and been impressed with what they have seen.

Midfield is one of the areas that Everton need to strengthen in this summer. Morgan Schneiderlin has been inconsistent, to say the least, Wayne Rooney looks set to head to America, Mo Besic could also depart and James McCarthy is out of action after suffering a double leg break in January.

Steve Walsh, Everton’s former head of recruitment was the one thought to be keen on Bissouma. He has since been dismissed for his position at the same time as Sam Allardyce.

Marcel Brands has since taken over as sporting director and Everton are still intent on strengthening their midfield and Bissouma fits the profile they are looking for.

The 21-year-old Mali international played for Lille 28 times this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist.

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