Everton fans react to Ben White transfer link

Everton are attempting to gazump Arsenal in the battle to sign England defender Ben White, according to the Daily Mail.

Brighton & Hove Albion have demanded £50 million for White. Arsenal have been negotiating a deal for him after seeing their opening bid rejected.

It has been claimed that the Gunners are close to signing him after the club came up with an improved offer.

However, Everton are now looking to beat Arsenal in the race and have held talks with Brighton over a £50m transfer.

The Toffees are offering an extra £5m to the south coast club in add-ons, a package that trumps the one offered by Arsenal last week.

Many Everton fans have taken to Twitter to express their reactions. Some fans feel that White would be a superb signing for the club, while others have suggested that signing a centre-back is not a priority.

Sportslens View 

Everton are well stocked in their centre-back areas. The club have Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey as four very good centre-backs.

Adding another defender to stockpile the area makes little sense when signing a right-back is necessary.

White is a fantastic young defender, but Everton are probably paying over the top for a player who has had just one decent season in the Premier League.

Interestingly, Everton are also reportedly interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady.

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