Marco Silva has urged the Everton
board to tie up a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes during the summer transfer window.
Gomes sealed a season-long loan move to Goodison Park in August and the Portugal international has been in fine form during his last few appearances in a blue shirt.
The 25-year-old, who has made 22 Premier League
starts this season under Silva, was particularly impressive during Everton's 2-0 win at West Ham on Saturday evening.
ANDRE GOMES' STATS THIS SEASON
Silva, speaking to the Liverpool Echo
after the victory at the London Stadium, said of Gomes: 'It is a very, very good opportunity for us.
'Let's see what the position is of his own club, we know our position and we know Andre's position also, so let's see what we can do.
'But what we have inside our squad, even if he is a loan player, a player with high quality, high quality as a football player, high quality as a professional, a fantastic team-mate for all his colleagues and he is everything we expect coming from a player of his quality.
'Let's see if we can have Andre permanently in our club.'
Everton paid Catalan giants Barcelona £2m to sign Gomes on loan but the Toffees do not have an option to make the deal permanent.
Barcelona are likely to cash in on the former Valencia man as the Portuguese star had fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.
La Liga leaders Barcelona will be hoping to recoup the £30million fee they forked out when they signed Gomes from Valencia in July 2016.