Everton are seemingly behind West Ham United in the race to sign Jack Wilshere, and the Toffees should step away from a move for the Englishman in order to pursue Manchester United’s Daley Blind ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Wilshere is available on a free transfer this summer following his release from Arsenal, and the Englishman has been strongly linked with both West Ham and Everton.
The Hammers have seemingly won the race for his signature – as covered by Sky Sports News – with the 26-year-old expected to sign a short-term contract at the London Stadium.
On the face of it, the news is a blow for Everton, with Toffees manager Marco Silva looking to put together a squad capable of challenging the top six next season.
However, the Merseyside outfit should completely step away from Wilshere and switch their attention to pursuing United’s Blind, who is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer.
The Netherlands international struggled for football at the Red Devils last term, and would surely be open to a move to Goodison Park in this summer’s transfer window.
Blind has actually been with United since 2014, and he was a regular during his first two seasons with the 20-time English champions.
The 28-year-old only made seven Premier League appearances last term, however, and it is understood that he will be allowed to leave for the right price this summer.
Blind’s contract with United will actually expire next summer, and valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, it is unlikely that Everton would have to break the bank to sign him.
A classy footballer who can operate in both defence and central midfield, Blind might well feel that he has a point to prove next season, and there is absolutely no question that he has the credentials to thrive at the highest level.
Blind’s ability to play left-back would also make him a valuable asset for Everton, who should go all out to sign the Dutchman in this summer’s transfer window.