By Harvey Byrne
Everton are one of three Premier League sides eyeing Hull defender Harry Maguire, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that the Toffees, Southampton and Leicester are all monitoring his situation with his contract set to run out in 2018.
Additionally, it is reported that the player is set to snub a new deal at the struggling Tigers, leaving a summer move for the centre-back likely.
The 23-year-old made the switch to Hull from Sheffield United in the summer of 2014 for £2.5million and it is now believed that £7million would be enough to take him from the KCOM Stadium.
Everton currently have Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori and Mason Holgate in their centre-back ranks.
The first three are all experienced and Ronald Koeman may be looking for a younger alternative to add to his back line.
Maguire would certainly fit the billing and he has been one of the few bright lights in a so far disastrous Hull season.
The youngster has played 20 times for the Tigers in all competitions and he could be eager for a way out with the club moving further towards the Championship with each passing week.
Football Insider verdict:
Maguire is clearly a talented player for a team such as Hull, but there must be questions asked to whether he is good enough for a club of Everton’s ambitions. The player was a bright prospect at Sheffield United, but there’s a reason why he only joined the Tigers and not a club higher up the ladder. He holds a big physical presence in the back four and can be tough to get past at times, but other than that he is severely limited. The player lacks pace which allows some forwards to breeze past him, especially in the Premier League. He is however cheap and does bring English top flight experience with him, but the Toffees should steer clear of this player.
In other Everton transfer news, here’s why the Toffees should sign this centre-back to solve problem area.