Everton readying £15m bid for Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Yarmolenko - sources

Everton are close to signing Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko, after making a bid for the attacker, sources have told ESPN FC.

Yarmolenko had been linked with a move to Stoke this summer, while Tottenham are long-term admirers of the player, but Everton are looking to steal a march on their rivals by making a bid in the region of £15 million.

Yarmolenko impressed Everton boss Roberto Martinez during last season's Europa League encounter between the two sides and he sees the player as a key addition to his attacking plans.

The 25-year-old had the most assists in the Europa League last season for Dynamo Kiev and is regarded as one of the best attackers in Europe.

Yarmolenko has recently indicated he had no plans to extend his contract at Kiev with his current deal having just a year to run on it.

Kiev are reluctant to lose their prize asset, but know the offer is too good to turn down as he could potentially leave on a free transfer next summer.

Everton are confident of securing the move for Yarmolenko as talks are at an advanced stage between both clubs.

The arrival of the Ukraine international would come as a welcome boost to Everton supporters who have been concerned about the lack of transfer activity at Goodison Park this summer and his signing would be a major sign of intent from Martinez's side.