Everton monitoring move for 70-cap international defender - report
By Dominic Toner
Everton are interested in signing Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Toffees are keen on signing the centre-back and face competition from West Ham for his signature, with a number of other clubs monitoring his situation.
The report details that the 31-year-old will need to prove his fitness during the remainder of the season before either club firm up their interest.
It is understood that Man City manager Pep Guardiola feels keeping Kompany at the Etihad Stadium next season could be a risk given his injury history.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen to add to his defensive options in the summer and have been strongly linked with Burnley centre-back Michael Keane.
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Kompany has emerged as another potential target and he is an experienced defender.
The Belgium international has made 70 caps for his country and has become recognised as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
He has won two league titles in England with Man City, but a number of injuries have frustrated him during his career.
Kompany has managed just eight appearances so far this season and managed only 22 during the entire of the last campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton certainly need a new centre-back in the summer that can slot in alongside Ashely Williams as they look to challenge the top-end of the league table. Kompany would be a major signing if they managed to pull it off, but a deal surely seems very unlikely. The centre-back is a long-serving member of the Man City dressing room and a move to the Toffees wouldn’t make much sense for his career. He is also very injury-prone and there is no guarantee he could keep his fitness up if he moved to Goodison Park. Everton would be better served chasing Burnley ace Keane, who is only just entering the peak of his career.
In other Everton transfer news, they are set to complete a £2.5million deal for a winger.