In Focus: Everton right to turn down the chance to sign Jean Michael Seri

According to reports in French publication FootMercato, Everton have turned down the chance to sign Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, rated at £22.5m according to Transfermarkt, during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Sky Sports reported on January 4 that the Toffees were one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing the 26-year-old, but FootMercato says that while the Ivory Coast international has been offered to Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, Everton aren’t interested.

FootMercato reports that Sam Allardyce’s side are well stocked in central areas, and the manager is looking to sign attacking players and a centre-back this month instead.

How has Seri done this season?

He has been good, but not as impressive as last year.

The versatile player scored seven goals and provided a further nine assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances last term from central and defensive midfield position, but he has scored just one goal and provided a further five assists in 21 outings this season, although the majority of those have come when he has been playing in a deeper role.

The Ivorian is known for his passing and his ability to create chances, as well as making interceptions in the middle of the park.

Are Everton right to not want him?

They certainly are.

The Toffees have plenty of options in the central midfield positions – Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Mo Besic, James McCarthy, Tom Davies, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen can all play there if needed – and it is certainly an area that doesn’t need strengthening right now.

Could they target him in the future?

It seems unlikely, unless Morgan Schneiderlin or Idrissa Gueye leave either during the current window or in the summer.

However, Seri has been heavily linked with an exit from Nice, and if that happens this month it will be too late by the summer for Everton anyway.