Premier League sides Everton and Aston Villa are reportedly weighing up moves for Marvelous Nakamba of Aston Villa.

The defensive midfielder spent much of the season on the bench but was given a few opportunities in the final few weeks.

He starred in wins against Tottenham and Chelsea in May, helping the Villans to achieve an 11th-placed finish.

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The Daily Mail claims that 27-year-old Nakamba could be on the move this summer.

Everton and Palace are monitoring his situation and could submit bids before the transfer window closes on August 31.

They were impressed by Nakamba when he did feature in a Villa shirt and believe they can lure him away with the offer of more game time.

In total, the Zimbabwe international played 16 times last season, with three of those appearances coming in the Carabao Cup.

He has to compete with the likes of Douglas Luiz, John McGinn and Morgan Sanson for a place in Dean Smith’s starting eleven.

The report states that Everton and Palace are ready to ‘test Villa’s resolve’ with enticing offers, although a potential fee has not yet been revealed.

Nakamba was originally signed by Villa from Club Brugge in August 2019.

They would want to recoup all of the £10.8m they paid for him.

He could become the first player to be signed by Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park for a substantial fee.

The former Liverpool boss has brought in Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic on free transfers, while Demarai Gray joined on Thursday for £1.6m.

Palace, meanwhile, are in the middle of a busy transfer window following the arrival of Patrick Vieira at Selhurst Park.

They’ve brought in talented youngsters Michael Olise and Marc Guehi from Reading and Chelsea respectively, for a total of £26m.

Guehi in particular looks like an exciting prospect after having gained experience with Swansea in the Championship.

Speaking about the prospect of working with Vieira, the centre-back said: “He speaks for himself with the player he was, the way he conducts himself. Even recently as a manager he has a really good record.

“When he was at Nice he did some really good work there. I am just really excited to work with him.”


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