Everton target James Tavernier is not the right-back they need this summer

According to The Mirror’s live football blog on Saturday (21:41), Everton are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Rangers right-back James Tavernier, rated at £675,000 by Transfermarkt, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, The Mirror say that the Toffees, along with Swansea City and Burnley are all keen on the 26-year-old, who has proven to be a big hit at Ibrox after moving north of the border from Wigan Athletic in 2015.

The Mirror says that the Scottish Premiership giants know that they can’t resist the riches of an offer from the English top flight however, and a move could happen this summer.

How has Tavernier done this season?

The full-back has enjoyed an impressive campaign, although like many of his teammates he disappointed in their 5-0 defeat to Celtic in the Old Firm derby on Sunday.

The 26-year-old has scored eight goals and provided a further nine assists from defence in 44 appearances in all competitions for Rangers this term, and he has shown how he loves to get forward, but also that he is more than capable defensively.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

It’s difficult to say.

If he is being in as back-up for Seamus Coleman.then it would perhaps be an acceptable addition, but he certainly shouldn’t be brought in as anything else and it would be underwhelming for the Goodison Park faithful, who praised Morgan Schneiderlin on Twitter for his display against Huddersfield.

While Tavernier is shining for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, it doesn’t mean that he will make that step up to the Premier League.

The Merseyside outfit would be better off letting Swansea or Burnley sign the 26-year-old, and they then sign a younger player with potential to compete with Coleman.

What’s the verdict, then?

If Everton want to progress next season and achieve their ultimate aim of qualifying for the Champions League via the Premier League, they need to be bringing better players to the club than Tavernier – with all due respect.