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Di Matteo accepts that Gana is going to Goodison

Roberto di Matteo has said he expects Idrissa Gana to join Everton after the Toffees triggered an 8.4 million euro release clause in the Senegalese midfielder's contract.

Di Matteo accepts that Gana is going to Goodison

Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo has said he expects Idrissa Gana to join Everton after the Merseysiders triggered a £7.1 million ($9.4 million, 8.4 million euros) release clause in the Senegalese midfielder's contract.

The clause expires at the end of the transfer window but Everton are the only club to have so far launched an official bid.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League last season and then appointed Di Matteo, who said on Friday there was little he could do to stop Gana leaving - even though he himself would like him to stay.

“It's public knowledge that Everton have triggered his clause and he's going to leave”, Di Matteo told reporters on Friday afternoon. “There's no news so far but the expectation is, once personal terms are agreed and a medical he's going to go. There are other clubs interested, that's right, but the only official bid so far has been from Everton. There's not much I can do because he had a clause in his contract and that's something I inherited and my hands are tied. We will be losing him. The fact he is leaving is basically down to the clause he has in his contract, otherwise there would be no chance. We're not a club looking to sell, we don't have to - we don't need to”,

Gana joined Villa from Lille before the start of last season and scored one goal in 38 appearances as the club were relegated from the Premier League, winning just three league matches in the process. He could become Everton's first major signing of the summer after they brought in former Leicester assistant manager Steve Walsh as director of football.