By Danny Wright

2nd Dec, 2017 | 11:16am

Allardyce must make PL defensive colossus first Everton signing, race reportedly heating up

COMMENT

Now that Everton have Sam Allardyce on board as their manager, it would make sense to start making plans for the January transfer window with it less than a month away from opening.

The Toffees have noticeably struggled in defence this season and with them bringing in Allardyce as their manager, it’s likely that the survival expert will cast his eyes on improving his options at centre-back.

Everton should look no further than one of their Premier League rivals in West Brom for reinforcements and they could be able to pull off quite a cheap deal to do it.

Ahmed Hegazi has been in terrific form since joining the Baggies in the summer on loan from Egyptian giants Al-Ahly.

However the towering defensive colossus has only moved to the Hawthorns on loan, leaving it open for Everton to try and strike up a deal with Al-Ahly to sign him up straight away.

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The Daily Mail has reported that there is a race hotting up for the Egypt international with Leicester and other clubs pursuing the centre-back’s signature.

It is understood that West Brom are also keen on signing Hegazi, 26, on a permanent deal with an agreement of £4.4million set with Al-Ahly to trigger a transfer at the end of the season.

However Everton should surely be able to tempt the Egyptian giants with a higher sum to try and make them cancel his deal at the Hawthorns and send him to Goodison Park to become Allardyce’s first signing.

Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams have all underperformed this campaign while Hegazi has been one of the best players in a struggling Albion side.

The 6ft 3 centre-back has made 15 appearances across all competitions this term and even scored on his Premier League debut with a thumping header against Bournemouth.

He is not the attractive option but he is exactly what Everton need to shore up a backline that has been the source of constant woes as of late.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are favourites to sign this Allardyce favourite with a reported £20million price-tag.

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