By Alex Taylor
Everton are in line for a busy three days before their Premier League opener against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Toffees could complete four new deals before the transfer window closes in a bid to regain their status as top-half team next season, and to help push for European football.
According to the BBC, the Merseyside outfit are preparing to complete a £12million deal for Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams in the coming few days, after seeing star defender John Stones leave for Manchester City.
The report has also linked Lamine Kone to Ronald Koeman’s reformed Everton side and if negotiations are settled quickly, the Blues have a new central defensive core as early as this weekend.
Despite Brendan Galloway being well respected by the club, it is likely that Everton’s potential new centre-half pairing will be flanked by the trusted Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, in front of Maarten Stekelenburg in goal.
The new defensive duo could be joined at Goodison Park by explosive winger Yannick Bolaise, according to the article.
The powerful, pacy winger lit-up Selhurst Park at times last season, but could be looking for a bigger stage in which to showcase his talents next term.
He would play on the right side of the teams midfield alongside new signing Idrissa Gueye, as well as Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and opposite winger Kevin Mirallas.
The future of Romelu Lukaku has also been under the spot-light for much of this summer and has lead to speculation from The Sun that the Manchester flop could be ready to move on from the Etihad.
It is understood that just £15million could secure Bony’s services, and after receiving a near £50million windfall from the sale of Stones, the Ivory Coast international is well within Koeman’s budget.
In other Everton transfer news, Danny Gabbidon has backed “unplayable” Yannick Bolasie to be a big hit at Goodison Park under Koeman.