Everton have had an offer of €17 million (£14.3 million) for Manolo Gabbiadini rejected by Napoli, with the Serie A side holding out for €22m (£18.5m) according to Calcio Mercato.
The Toffees have been linked with the Italy international striker for the last six months, with Ronald Koeman’s men believed to have tried to lure the former Sampdoria star to Goodison Park over the summer.
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However, Napoli are believed to have played hardball over Gabbiadini’s price, despite the fact that the attacker is a fringe player in Maurizio Sarri’s first-team squad.
The 25-year-old started only four Serie A games in the entirety of last season, with Gonzalo Higuain the main man in attack for the San Paolo outfit.
Despite the Argentine leaving to join Juventus over the summer, Gabbiadini has still found regular football hard to come by and has started seven games this term, netting once.
There is a feeling that Sarri does not completely trust the striker, while the player will surely be open to a transfer if the promise of more-regular football is there.
Everton boss Koeman is believed to want to partner Gabbiadini with Romelu Lukaku but the Toffees look like they will have to up their offer to land the gifted attacker.