Everton initiate discussions to sign Manchester United outcast

Premier League side Everton have reportedly opened up discussions with Manchester United to acquire the signature of Marcos Rojo during the forthcoming transfer window.

The Argentina international was the subject of interest from both Everton and Wolves during the summer but neither could finalise a deal before the transfer deadline approached.

However, it appears that the Toffees are continuing their pursuit of the versatile defender with Metro suggesting that a fresh round of discussions are underway with the Red Devils.

Rojo only signed a fresh three-year contract with the club in March and it seemed that the player could become an influential figure under Jose Mourinho in years to come.

However, the Argentine’s career has since been on the downslide and the current campaign has provided the perfect example with him yet to feature under the Portuguese’s guidance.

As such, it appears that the contract renewal was only made to preserve his transfer value and the January transfer window may witness him ending his association with the Red Devils.

United are currently holding out for a sum of around £20m for the Argentine which remains slightly higher than the £16.5m fee paid to pursue his services from Sporting four years ago.

Meanwhile, Everton boss Marco Silva presently has numerous options at the heart of the backline with Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma being the more preferred choices.

Despite this, the Portuguese remains keen on another centre-back with Zouma expected to return to Chelsea at the expiry of his loan contract next summer while club favourite Phil Jagielka could likewise make way on a Bosman.

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