Toffees target close to Porto switch
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Porto are set to beat Everton to the signing of Standard Liege defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to reports.
The Portuguese champions are understood to have tabled a £5 million bid for the France under-21 international this week and are now waiting to hear if they have been successful.
Both Everton and Tottenham have been monitoring the progress of Mangala carefully over the last months but the 20-year-old centre back's agent believes that he will move to Porto and expects the transfer to be concluded next week.
Fabrizio Ferrari said: "In the first days of next week the matter will be closed."
Liege value Mangala at £6 million and their general director Pierre Francois added: "We are now waiting for a response from Porto who are studying the details of the deal."