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Stats suggest Everton must go all out to sign defensive target this summer

According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign Hull City defender Harry Maguire this summer as he looks to bolster his defence.

Despite having the joint-fourth best rearguard in the Premier League, the Dutchman is keen to strengthen an ageing backline which includes the likes of Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines.

Toffees captain Jagielka could be on his way out of Goodison Park at the end of the season having been in and out of the side in recent weeks, while Williams is getting no younger.

In addition, Ramiro Funes Mori suffered a knee injury while on international duty with Argentina this week that will keep him out of action until the end of the season at the very least.

It means Koeman is likely to step up his search for a more youthful player at the heart of the defence, and one of his top targets seems to be Maguire, who has been an impressive performer for a struggling Hull side this term.

Despite being just 24 years of age, the centre-back has often led by example and his stats from the 22 Premier League appearances he had made this season show just how influential he has been.

Maguire has made an impressive 103 clearances and 53 interceptions, as well as making 36 successful tackles and not a single defensive error.

He is also impressive in the air, having won 47 aerial duels, but it is perhaps his ability on the ball that will have especially impressed Koeman.

The former Sheffield United defender is comfortable at bringing the ball out from the back and has completed 19 take-ons, while he has also shown that he can be a threat in the opposition penalty area too.

He has had 22 efforts on goal and provided two assists for his teammates, and his impressive showings suggest that he is ready to make an instant impact if he were to move to Mersyside.

Article title: Stats suggest Everton must go all out to sign defensive target this summer

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