Everton are interested in signing Rennes defender Ramy Bensebaini, according to French football magazine L’Equipe, but they will have to see off strong interest from Stuttgart.
The 23-year-old, who is valued at £7.2million on Transfermarkt, made 29 appearances in Ligue 1 for Rennes last season and impressed for the French side, averaging over five clearances and nearly two tackles per game.
Bensebaini is comfortable playing across the back line and has made 11 appearances for the Algeria national team.
According to L’Equipe, Bensebaini is under contract until 2020 at Rennes but Stuttgart are keen on signing the defender this summer and they are the favourites to do so.
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However, Marco Silva has also reportedly declared interest and appears to be monitoring the situation with Stuttgart to see if the Toffees can scupper any deal.
Everton are in need of defensive reinforcements, with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams entering the later stages of their careers, and Michael Keane not quite reaching the performances expected of him.
Here’s a selection of what some Everton fans are saying about the potential transfer on social media.
Got to be better than Williams
— Craig (@welshtoff2) July 1, 2018
Cost a fortune on the back of your shirt, otherwise, yes ?
— Dave (@daveg2018) July 1, 2018
Waiting for the “He’s boss on Fifa” comments.
Personally I’ve never heard of him.
— Adam Wilson (@addwilson) July 2, 2018
Bensebaini, my head is blown with this one, he’s a very good passer of a ball if anyone hasn’t seen him https://t.co/zELirKnII7
— Declan (@Declan1878) July 1, 2018
Actually think Bensebaini could be a great fit in the Premier League https://t.co/kwo5gpgO7A
— Walid Bylka (@bylka613_) July 1, 2018