Barcelona sent Jaden Philogene transfer message as Everton target £16m move for Hull City ace

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It remains to be seen whether Jaden Philogene will still be on Hull City's books come the start of next season. Speculation is mounting the talented forward will leave the MKM Stadium during the summer transfer window.

Everton are the latest Premier League club to be linked with the forward. A Daily Mail report says the Toffees are lining up a £16m move for Philogene, while our sister title the Liverpool Echo have confirmed the Toffees have targeted the City man.

Several clubs are believed to be interested in signing Philogene, including West Ham United, Tottenham and Spanish giants Barcelona. The 22-year-old starred in the Championship for the Tigers last term, scoring 12 goals in 32 league outings as the Tigers finished seventh in the table.

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La Liga side Barcelona are said to have enquired about the possibility of signing Philogene on loan with a view to a permanent deal. Ex-England international Carlton Palmer told Football League World: "I don't think that's going to work for Hull, I would think they'd want a permanent deal for him to go so they can reinvest the money.

"Unless the deal is that he goes on loan and it has to be turned into a permanent deal, not that there is an option to buy, if it's just moving when the money's got to be paid then I'm sure he'll be on his way to Barcelona.

"Before letting him go, Hull will want to know they've got guaranteed money coming in to get his replacement, so we'll have to see, negotiations are ongoing. It is a shock (Barcelona's interest), but he has done very, very well for Hull."