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PSG agree fee with Everton for Idrissa Gueye

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It’s the news we didn’t want to hear

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Idrissa Gueye looks to be on his way out of Everton with reports Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a fee for the Senegal midfielder.

Sky Sports News reports that the two clubs have agreed a deal worth around £28 million for the 29-year-old, who will now discuss terms with the French champions.

It is news that is likely to be greeted with disappointment by Toffees fan even if it is not entirely unexpected.

PSG saw two bids for Gueye rebuffed in the January transfer window, with Gueye reportedly handing in a transfer request to try and force through his dream move ahead of the deadline.

Everton held firm, though, and Gueye remained at Goodison Park. To his credit, the former Aston Villa man did not let that failed move hinder his form and he arguably turned in some of his finest performances in a blue shirt during the second half of the campaign.

The French champions have retained their interest in Gueye and it always seemed likely that Everton would not stand in Gueye’s way this time provided the right price was reached.

Is £28m the right amount? For a 29-year-old is it decent money and a considerable profit on the £7m we paid Villa three years ago. But given how crucial Gueye is to the way Everton play and PSG’s immense wealth, I can’t help feeling the club could have pushed for a bit more.

With three weeks to go until the transfer window closes Everton must now step up their hunt for new faces. Marco Silva has already said that Fabian Delph is not a replacement for Gueye so we should expect a new midfield face sooner rather than later.

Let’s hope moves to secure that deal are already underway otherwise clubs could prey on our desperation and force us to overpay.

Despite the obvious disappointment, Everton fans are unlikely to harbour ill-feeling towards Gueye.

He was the consummate professional during his time at the club, particularly during the last six months when his future was in doubt.

We all wish him well, even if it’s a wish tinged with sadness.