Everton have rekindled interest in Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko
Talks took place on Monday as Everton sounded out the Championship side over their £35million valuation of the France international.
Sissoko’s representatives have also spoken to Juventus officials in Milan and have lined up talks with Inter.
Real Madrid have yet to come forward with a concrete proposal while Crystal Palace are unlikely to come close to Newcastle’s valuation.
Newcastle are growing tired of the saga. They have lost their opening two league games and want to use Sissoko against Reading on Wednesday.
Manager Rafa Benitez has not been enthralled by the 27-year-old courting interest via the media and said: ‘I told Moussa we know how things work in modern football and that is not the right way.
I said “you are a professional, you are our player, and I rate you very highly. I like you as a person but keep working hard and let other people do their business”.
‘If someone thinks they can wait until the end of August it will be easier, I can guarantee it will be more difficult then.
‘If someone wants him they need to come in now with the right offer and we’ll study it.’
Everton have failed to tempt Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg and have Muhamed Besic sidelined for six months with a knee injury.