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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 August 2007, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Everton offer 11m for Gonzalez
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Luis Gonzalez
Gonzalez has emerged as a prime target for Everton
Everton have bid 11m for Porto's Argentine midfield man Luis Gonzalez.

Boss David Moyes is attempting to push through a deal for the 26-year-old as Everton face competition from Juventus and Lyon for Gonzalez's signature.

BBC Sport understands Everton are now awaiting a response to the bid, which would beat the club record 8.6m paid to Crystal Palace for Andrew Johnson.

Everton are also poised to pay 5m for Wigan's Leighton Baines after Newcastle admitted defeat in the transfer battle.

Gonzalez - known as "Lucho" - is a key figure in Porto's line-up, and figured in Argentina's squad at the recent Copa America.

Whether Everton pull off the coup remains to be seen, as Moyes bids to end a summer of frustration in the transfer market.

Everton have signed Phil Jagielka from Sheffield United for 4m and signed South African midfield man Steven Pienaar on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund.

But 22-year-old Baines looks set to sign before the start of the season, with Moyes also hoping to close a deal for Gonzalez.

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