Man Utd's Jarrad Branthwaite deal holds key to Hull City Jacob Greaves sale

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Manchester United's interest in Everton Jarrad Branthwaite could hold the key to the future of Jacob Greaves, according to one former England player.

United have lodged a £35m bid for the England Under-21 international which has been rebuffed by the Goodison Park club, but it's expected the Red Devils will return later in the summer and eventually get a deal done with personal times already reportedly agreed and the 21-year-old keen to move.

Should Branthwaite depart Merseyside, the Toffees are expected to lodge a formal bid with Hull City for star man Greaves, who is valued above £15m.

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City will be watching the value of Branthwaite closely, says Carlton Palmer, with the ex-Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday star suggesting Sean Dyche and his recruitment staff should move quickly with no shortage of interest in Greaves.

"Everton find themselves in a really difficult position at the moment with Jarrad Branthwaite subject to a £35m bid from Manchester United. It looks like he will go this summer, but until then, Sean Dyche can't do anything," he told FLW.

"So, it is interesting Everton have been big-time admirers of the young Jacob Greaves. Hull City are desperate to keep him in their push to get promotion next season, and he can play anywhere on the left-hand side of the defence.

"He is a very accomplished ball-playing centre-back and, of course, Hull City won't be stupid, they would like him to stay, but they will not stand in his way and if he gets the opportunity to play in the Premier League, he will jump at the chance."

"Hull will be watching the Branthwaite situation to see how much Everton receive and I would think they will be looking in excess of £15m-£20m for him.

"Everton will need to move quickly because West Ham and Forest are in for him, but without the sale of Branthwaite, they can't broker the deal.

"If the deal (Branthwaite) is done late, they will lose out on getting Jacob Greaves, because I'm sure, with interest coming from all parties, it seems likely he (Greaves) will leave this summer."