Everton face battle for Diame

Everton boss David Moyes are ready to rival Champions League chasing Newcastle in their pursuit of Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame according to the Daily Mirror.

The Toffees are in the market for a defensive midfielder but don’t possess the financial muscle to sign one of their top targets. Instead Moyes has turned his attentions to Diame who will become a free agent once his current contract at the DW Stadium runs out in the summer.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez is keen to retain the services of the French-born Senegalese international despite using him sparingly over the course of this season as the club battles against relegation.

The 24-year-old became a key figure in the Wigan engine room following his move from Rayo Vallecano two-years ago but has spent a majority of the current campaign on the fringes convincing him it’s time for a fresh start elsewhere.

Diame is desperate to secure regular first team football and Everton are ready to off him that as they prepare to swoop.

They’ll have to fend off interest from Newcastle who have been this seasons Premier League surprise package and are on the cusp of securing Champions League football.

Despite their unexpected rise into the top-six Magpies boss Alan Pardew is reportedly resigned to losing midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote to a top European club in the transfer window and is already compiling a list of replacements.

The Ivorian international has become a firm fans favourite in the North East due to his bulldozing style of play and Pardew has identified Diame as the man that can suitably fill his shoes at St James’ Park.

The midfielder, who has won 10 caps for Senegal, has already expressed his desire to remain in England and will now have to decide whether his future lies in Merseyside or on Tyneside.