Everton’s Hermoso bid rejected

Everton failed with a bid to land Espanyol central defender Mario Hermoso during the January transfer window, say reports in Spain.

The 22-year-old central defender only joined the Catalan club this summer from Real Madrid in a €400k deal and he has a contract until 2020 with a €40m release clause in place.

A report in Diario Sport claims the Merseyside club lodged an offer of €8m for the defender but say it was rejected on the grounds that Espanyol believe his value could double in the coming months.

Hermoso has started 18 La Liga outings for Los Periquitos this campaign, while Madrid have a €15m buyback clause in his contract.

Tags Mario Hermoso