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Everton to rival Chelsea in race to sign Italy star

Everton are the latest side to be linked with a move for Italy international Graziano Pelle. The Daily Mail claim that the newly appointed Everton manager Ronald Koeman is eyeing a reunion with the 30-year-old striker.

Pelle was one of Koeman’s first signings when he took over at Southampton in 2014.

The report goes onto state that Pelle has also attracted the attention of the newly appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who worked with Pelle during Euro 2016 as Italy boss.

The former Feyenoord striker scored twice in four appearances for Italy during Euro 2016. Pelle was however, one of four Italian players who missed a penalty during the shootout on Saturday night’s quarter-final clash between Italy and Germany.

Italy were eliminated from the competition while Germany progressed to the semi-finals where they will take on the hosts France.

Pelle scored 14 goals and provided seven assists in 36 appearances for Southampton in all competitions this season.

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