Bitter blow for Everton who look set to miss out on Mouctar Diakhaby

Everton are set to miss out on Lyon central defender Mouctar Diakhaby despite offering more than Valencia, according to France Football.

What’s the story?

The 21-year-old colossus has played all of his senior career at Lyon and has made 34 league appearances for the first team.

The 6ft3 centre-back has attracted interest this summer and Everton, Newcastle and Valencia were keen on signing him according to France Football.

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But it looks like even though Everton offered more than the £13.2million plus bonuses that Valencia offered, the chance to play in La Liga and the Champions League proved too tempting for the youngster.

Mouctar Diakhaby celebrates a goal

What does this mean for Everton?

Marco Silva must be frustrated after offering decent money for a promising young player only for him to turn Everton down.

The Toffees need to recruit in defence this summer, with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams both the wrong side of 33, and Michael Keane failing to live up to his initial promise.

Diakhaby looks a real talent, averaging over four clearances per game and he is assured on the ball with an 88 per cent passing success rate.

Everton fans can now only hope that Marco Silva wasn’t pinning all his hopes on signing the soon-to-be Valencia defender.