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Tottenham and Everton in transfer battle for Arkadiusz Milik with Napoli striker set to leave in January window

TOTTENHAM and Everton are locked in a transfer battle for a January swoop of Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.

The Poland international’s contract runs out next summer and has left some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs licking their lips.

Milik has yet to make an appearance for his club side all season

But they’ll face a challenge from Juventus, who are keen to pick him up for free when his Napoli agreement expires.

But Milik may not want to wait until June to leave, potentially giving Spurs and the Toffees with the edge.

The 26-year-old has not made an appearance for Napoli all season, and has been left out of their Serie A and Champions League squads.

And while Calciomercato.com reported that Milik was willing to run down his contract and join Juve, it is believed he is now growing impatient and may opt for a more immediate move.

Milik told Sportowefakty.pl earlier in October: “Now, I’ll wait for the next transfer window and I hope the clubs can find and understanding. Physically I’m fine, I have trained well individually.

“I will play matches with the national side. In three months, my form won’t be too much affected.”

Tottenham and Everton were both interested in the forward man during the summer but were unable to get any deal over the line.

His scoring stats suggest he will add a consistent streak of goal scoring to either team.

He netted 14 in 35 games across all competitions last season for Napoli.

Since signing for the Italian side from Ajax in 2016, he has 38 goals in 93 appearances, a ratio just short of one in three.

If he was to join Tottenham, he would add to an already terrifying forward line bolstered by the recent signings of Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius.

Meanwhile, Everton looked short up front during yesterday’s defeat at Southampton with forward man Richarlison missing after being sent off against Liverpool.

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