Nakamba linked with Everton, Palace

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English Premier League sides Everton and Crystal Palace are reportedly eyeing Zimbabwe international Marvelous Nakamba of Aston Villa.

The defensive midfielder spent much of the season on the bench but was given a few opportunities in the final few weeks.

He starred in wins against Tottenham and Chelsea in May, helping the Villans to achieve an 11th-placed finish.

Reports are that the 27-year-old Nakamba could be on the move this summer. Everton and Palace are monitoring his situation and could submit bids before the transfer window closes on August 31.

They were impressed by Nakamba when he did feature in a Villa shirt and believe they can lure him away with the offer of more game time.

The Warriors star featured for Dean Smith’s side 16 times last season, with three of those appearances coming in the Carabao Cup.

He has to tussle it out with the likes of Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Morgan Sanson for a place in the Villa starting eleven.

Nakamba was originally signed by Villa from Club Brugge in August 2019 for a fee of £10.8m. He could become the first player to be signed by Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park for a substantial fee.

The former Liverpool boss has brought in Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic on free transfers, while Demarai Gray joined on Thursday for £1.6m.

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