Leeds star ‘fighting to join’ Everton and there ‘is still a chance’ despite stern Whites stance

Wilfried Gnonto, Leeds, August 2023 Credit: Alamy
Wilfried Gnonto, Leeds, August 2023 Credit: Alamy

Leeds United star Wilfried Gnonto is said to be “fighting to join” Everton, as Fabrizio Romano believes there “is still a chance” he gets his move despite his club’s current stance.

After their relegation from the Premier League last season, the Whites have lost a fair few players. Six players have been allowed to leave on loan, while three have left on permanent deals to this point.

Some big names have departed so far – Rodrigo, who’s moved to Qatar, and Jack Harrison, who’s gone on loan to Everton, are among them.

Gnonto has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park as well. Everton have made attempts to sign him, but those have come in under £20million, and Leeds will apparently only ‘entertain offers’ of that price or above.

The forward refused to play for the Championship side in their second game this season as he looks to force a move, and he and his representatives “were told he would not be sold this summer”.

In any case, he’s still trying his hardest to make his escape from Elland Road, knowing that Everton want him, as per transfer insider Romano.

“Gnonto remains a target, for sure. The player is desperate for the move and, in one sense, fighting to join the club because he really appreciates the possibility,” Romano told GIVEMESPORT.

“He knows that Everton are pushing to sign him, and he’s pushing on his side with Leeds. But Leeds are not moving from their position and they don’t want to sell the player.”

While Leeds’ position is clear, Romano concedes that there’s a possibility Gnonto is able to force his way out.

“It’s a tense, complicated situation now. But I think there is still a chance to see Gnonto joining Everton this summer because the player really wants to make this move happen,” Romano added.

There would have to be a change of heart at Leeds for that to happen. Indeed, they’ve outright told Gnonto that he won’t be leaving, despite his refusal to play.

That did follow reports of them entertaining offers of £20million, but the club themselves have not said that. If that is true, there’s a chance, but at the moment, the forward seems to be fighting a losing battle.

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