Everton eye £12m swoop for rival PL defender following Coleman setback - report
By Matt Farr
Everton are planning a move for a new right-back this summer following Seamus Coleman’s devastating injury setback, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Everton are eyeing a £12million swoop for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier, with the Republic of Ireland international sidelined for a prolonged period.
Coleman suffered a double leg-break as a result of a nasty challenge from Wales’ Neil Taylor during the international break, and is expected to face at least six months on the sidelines.
But with money at his disposal, Ronald Koeman is prepared to enter the transfer market to land a replacement in the summer, and Trippier is at the top of his wishlist.
The 26-year-old has been a peripheral figure since arriving at Tottenham in July 2015, having failed to displace the impressive Kyle Walker from the starting eleven.
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He has made just five Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season, of which only two have been starts.
But with Coleman’s absence leaving a vacancy in the Everton back four, Trippier could earn himself a regular role should he consider a move away from north London this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Trippier would be a fine addition to Koeman’s squad. Despite his lack of regular action, Trippier has proven his ability in the Premier League, and could be fantastic cover, and later competition for, the injured Coleman. He ticks several of the boxes in Koeman’s pursuit of a new full-back, including his attacking style. He loves to burst down the right flank and create chances for his team-mates, and such creativity from the full-backs is always a bonus in the final third. Tottenham may be reluctant to sell, as they too would then have to find a new right-back as cover for Walker, but Trippier’s lack of action could see him push for the move.
In other Everton transfer news, three Premier League clubs have entered a tug-of-war race for £10million-rated PL defender.