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In Focus: Everton target Soumaoro could prove to be a brilliant £20m buy

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton scouted Lille defender Adama Soumaoro on Wednesday night and are considering making a January move for the player, who is rated at £20m according to a previous report by the Daily Mail earlier this month.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is desperate to bring in a left-sided central defender to the club in the New Year, and director of football Steve Walsh and chief scout Martyn Glover watched the Frenchman in action against Lille in midweek.

The Daily Mail says the centre-back wasn’t at his best in the Ligue 1 fixture against Nice as his team continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table, but his performances in general over the course of the last few weeks should mean that he will still be high on Allardyce’s wanted list.

Despite bringing in Michael Keane for big money during the summer, the England international has struggled for form in recent weeks with the 63-year-old former England manager preferring Ashley Williams and youngster Mason Holgate at the heart of the defence.

How has Soumaoro done this season?

The 25-year-old has only made six Ligue 1 outings this term as he was sidelined with a ruptured Achilles tendon earlier in the campaign, but he has still shown the ability he has in that time.

According to Squawka, the centre-back has won seven of the nine aerial duels he has faced, as well as making 19 clearances, eight interceptions and eight blocks.

He has also shown how comfortable he is in possession by successfully completing both of the dribbles he has attempted, and he has a hugely impressive passing accuracy of 93%.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be.

As well as showing his defensive qualities on a consistent basis, the fact that Soumaoro is comfortable in possession and able to bring the ball out from the back will mean that he is an attractive option for the Merseyside club.

The 25-year-old still has plenty of potential and time to improve in his career as well, and if Everton could bring him to Goodison Park for £20m in the current volatile transfer market they would probably be quite satisfied.

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