By Noel Whelan

9th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

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Noel Whelan has suggested Everton could “move forward” by signing Stoke City defender Harry Souttar to replace Yerry Mina.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker admitted the Colombia international has been an “average” signing for the Toffees.

As reported by the Sun (2nd October), Everton coach Duncan Ferguson has scouted Souttar in person as a potential replacement for Yerry Mina.

The newspaper claim the Toffees could lose the 27-year-old next summer and have identified the Stoke giant as someone who could take his place.

As revealed by Football Insider, Aston Villa are also interested in signing the 6ft 6in (Transfermarkt) Australia international.

Whelan admitted Mina had struggled to set the world alight at Goodison Park.

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He suggested Souttar’s “style” and “character” could help the Toffees continue to improve in defence.

“Yerry Mina’s time at Everton, it’s not been bad but it’s not been great,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“It’s one of those that’s been very in between, hasn’t it? There have been some good performances, there have been some very average performances.

“I don’t think it’s been a bad signing, I just don’t think it’s been an exceptional signing. He’s kind of in the middle there for me.

“I think they’re looking to get more of a core of British-based back line. There is interest in (Nathan) Patterson who, again, is British. They’re looking to move forward, go younger.

“A different kind of style of player, a different kind of character of player as well.”

Mina has made 83 appearances for Everton since joining in 2018.

Souttar has played 48 times in the Championship and 45 times in League One since moving from Scotland to England.

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