Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is set to reject Everton’s advances because he wants to return to his native Italy to play for Juventus.
The 30-year-old has spent four years away from his homeland, having made his name in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord in 2012, scoring 55 goals in 66 games before his £8m transfer to Southampton two years ago.
The Mirror reports that new Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants to take Pelle with him to Goodison Park to work with him for the third time in his career, but that the striker has his heart set on Turin with Juventus keen on the forward as Alvaro Morata’s replacement.
Pelle is in the final year of his contract at St Mary’s and believes that Serie A is slowly gaining in quality again.
Having scored twice in Euro 2016 against Belgium and Spain on the back of 30 goals in two years at Southampton, Pelle is eager to quit England for a return home.
Yet Koeman, with the financial backing of new shareholder Farhad Moshiri, will be able to offer the former Sampdoria and Parma player a better contract with a higher wage than Serie A winners Juventus.
But Everton’s lack of European action and the unlikelihood of displacing Romelu Lukaku as The Toffees’ first choice striker is likely to force Pelle to look elsewhere for a move.