Everton set to make £10m transfer offer for Iddrisu Baba with Rafa Benitez keen on January move for Real Mallorca star

EVERTON are being linked with a January swoop for Real Mallorca midfielder Iddrisu Baba

Goodison boss Rafa Benitez tried to sign the Ghana international during his time as Real Madrid coach.

And Toffees scouts watched Baba score in Mallorca's 1-1 La Liga draw at Cadiz on Sunday.

Everton officials have reportedly opened talks with their Spanish counterparts.

The Accra-born ace is under contract with his Palma-based club until 2024 and has a £38million release clause.

But Everton are expected to open with a £10m offer for the 25-year-old.

Baba has been with Mallorca since 2014 and made his senior debut three years ago.

He has since twice helped them win promotion to Spain's top flight.

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And Benitez is eager to strengthen his midfield options in ther next transfer window following a poor recent run.

Everton's third straight defeat, Monday's 2-1 loss at Wolves, dropped them to tenth in the Premier League.

Benitez is also said to be pondering a bid for former Arsenal and Manchester United frontrunner Alexis Sanchez.

But the Chilean, 32, revived his fortunes at Inter Milan with a brilliant assist and much-improved display in a 2-0 Serie A win at Empoli last Wednesday.

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