Southampton must hijack Everton’s bid to sign Colombia ace Yerry Mina

According to reports in The Liverpool Echo, Everton want to sign Barcelona defender Yerry Mina this summer and are already in contact with the La Liga champions over a potential deal, and their Premier League rivals Southampton should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Liverpool Echo report that Marco Silva is keen to strengthen his central defensive options following the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori and with Ashley Williams’ future in doubt, and both him and Marcel Brands are fans of the 23-year-old.

The 6ft 5in star shone for Colombia at the 2018 World Cup before they were knocked out on penalties by England on Tuesday, and he became the first defender to score in his opening three appearances at the tournament.

The Liverpool Echo report that Barca may well be willing to let the South American leave on loan given they only handed him a five-and-a-half year deal when they signed him in January, and that is something that Everton are happy to go along with.

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Why should Southampton hijack the move?

Well, Saints are in desperate need of adding a new centre-back to their ranks having only narrowly avoided relegation, and finding a replacement for Virgil van Dijk should be a priority.

The likes of Wesley Hoedt and Jack Stephens really struggled from an aerial point of view in 2018 as Mark Hughes, who should be making two big signings and sanctioning one major exit his transfer priority, eventually saved the south coast outfit, and he may well be targeting a dominant defender to bring to St Mary’s.

Mina certainly fits the bill given his height and his performances for his country in Russia, and while a loan deal looks to be the only possibility, he could be the man to help Southampton get back into the top eight in the Premier League.