Date: 25th January 2007 at 11:47am
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Everton have come out favourites to secure the signature of highly-rated defender Madjid Bougherra today, with the Algerian already having agreed terms according to reports.

Bougherra has been linked with a number of clubs in the January transfer window including Reading, Charlton and Birmingham City – but the Toffee’s are the only club prepared to match the club’s £3m price tag on the defender.

And Everton boss David Moyes will use the money received for Simon Davies to move for the player following the departure of key defender David Weird to Rangers earlier this month.

Owls chairman Dave Allen has already rejected a £1.3m approach for the player from Charlton Athletic, demanding at least £3m for the player, but Everton look set for a £2m plus bonuses bid as a compromise.

Reports have revealed that the Algerian international has already agreed terms with the club after activating a clause in Bougherra’ contract, but the deal could yet be thrown in to doubt as Moyes’ attacking options were weakened with the news that James McFadden.