Both Everton and West Ham United have missed out on the signing of sought-after striker Ben Brereton-Diaz.
Journalist Alan Nixon had previously reported (via his Patreon) that both Everton and West Ham were in the race for Blackburn Rovers forward Brereton-Diaz, along with the likes of Leeds United, Sevilla and Nice.
Blackburn had set an asking price of £15 million for the 23-year-old, which was considerably higher than the interested clubs were expecting, as the player’s contract expires in the summer.
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Brereton-Diaz snubs Premier League for Spain
The Premier League sides, namely the Toffees and the Irons, had set their sights on the goalscorer in a bid to boost their chances of survival this season. However, the Chile international has seemingly snubbed the chance to play in the top flight and has instead opted for a switch to the La Liga.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Brereton-Diaz will join Villareal in the summer as a free agent. The deal is “sealed and completed”.
Ben Brereton Díaz has full agreement to join Villarreal in June as free agent — deal sealed and completed. ???? #Villarreal
Premier League clubs were tracking him too but Brereton will join Villarreal. pic.twitter.com/JtWqhIfd8F
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 28, 2023