Everton close in on Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic deals and interested in Demarai Gray

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Andros Townsend helped Crystal Palace finish 14th in the Premier League last season
Townsend helped Crystal Palace finish 14th in the Premier League last season

Everton are closing in on deals for former Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend and Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The Toffees are also interested in signing 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Demarai Gray.

Townsend, 30, is a free agent, with his Palace contract having expired at the end of June.

He would boost manager Rafael Benitez's options out wide after Theo Walcott rejoined Southampton.

Townsend, who has 13 England caps and has also played for Tottenham, QPR and Newcastle, joined Palace in 2016 and made 36 appearances last season under former boss Roy Hodgson, scoring one goal.

Ex-Stoke and Chelsea keeper Begovic, 34, would offer competition to Everton and England number one Jordan Pickford after Swede Robin Olsen returned to Roma after a loan spell last season.

Begovic signed for Bournemouth in 2017 from Chelsea and has a year left on his contract.

He made 51 appearances for the Cherries last season as they reached the Championship play-off semi-finals before losing to Brentford.

Gray left Leicester City in January 2021 and signed an 18-month deal with the German side, but made only 12 appearances last season, scoring one goal.

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