Everton 'close to agreeing deal for River Plate's Ramiro Funes Mori

Ramiro Funes Miro has one cap for Argentina
Image: Ramiro Funes Mori has one cap for Argentina

Everton are close to agreeing a £6m deal with River Plate to sign centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori according to Sky sources.

It is understood the 24-year-old is due on Merseyside later on Friday following a flight from South America, and he will undergo a medical on Saturday.

Sky Sports reported on Thursday that the Toffees were interested in Mori and Inter Milan's captain Andrea Rinocchia as they look to strengthen their back four following the departures of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz.

Everton have already landed Barnsley youngster Mason Holgate in a deal understood to be worth £2m. 

Chelsea are also interested in their centre-back John Stones and have had three bids of £20m, £25m and most recently £30m all flatly rejected by the hierarchy at Goodison Park.

The Sun newspaper reported on Friday that Stones, and England international, could hand in a transfer request but Roberto Martinez has confirmed that he is not aware of such an action being taken by the player.

Mori, meanwhile, has one cap for Argentina and has made over 100 appearances in all competitions for River Plate.

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As the mainstay of their defence, he was instrumental in their triumphs in the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores earlier this year.

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