Toffees sweet on Distin
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
<EM>Skysports.com</EM> can confirm Everton are keen on Sylvain Distin.Skysports.com can confirm that Everton have joined the chase for Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin.
Aston Villa are also keen on signing the French defender and have already had one initial offer rejected by City.
City are keen to keep Distin, who enjoyed a magnificent season last term with the club.
City's financial worries mean Distin is one of their more saleable assets and both Villa and Everton are hoping to tempt them into cashing-in on the former Paris Saint Germain ace.
Everton boss David Moyes has been handed a major transfer kitty to bolster his squad ahead of the challenge of the UEFA Champions League and he is thought to have made Distin one of his top targets.
Moyes is keen to bolster his rearguard with the futures of Steve Watson, Alessandro Pistone and Alan Stubbs remaining uncertain and would like to bring Distin to Goodison Park.
Distin's agent Willie McKay revealed Everton are interested in the player and that Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright and his City counterpart John Wardle have spoken about a possible deal.
"Everton are interested in signing Sylvain," McKay told skysports.com.
"Bill Kenwright and John Wardle have spoken to each other about Sylvain.
"A lot depends on the price as I know Everton are speaking to another player and although it is clear they like Sylvain, they may decide to go for a cheaper alternative.
"Sylvain is currently away on holiday in Guadulupe and we will discuss things when he returns, but a lot depends on what happens with Shaun Wright-Phillips if they sell him or not.
"It is down to John Wardle and Stuart Pearce what happens with Sylvain."
Newcastle are also thought to be keeping tabs on Distin's situation after having a bid to bring him back to St James' Park rejected during the January transfer window.