COMMENT By Will Butcher
Everton should solve their centre-back crisis by trying to seal a deal for Brighton stopper Lewis Dunk in the final week of the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old has starred at the heart of Brighton’s defence this season, as Chris Hughton’s Seagulls continue to set the Championship alight at the top of the table.
Known for his ability in possession as well as providing his side with a commanding aura at the back, the 6ft 4in centre-back has kept a superb 14 clean sheets in 25 appearances this season.
Former Premier League centre-back Daniel Gabbidon claimed on his personal Twitter account that he believes Dunk is now capable of plying his trade in the Premier League.
After watching him star in the Seagulls’ 1-0 win over Cardiff on Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium, Gabbidon said he was “hugely impressed” with Brighton’s number five.
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) January 25, 2017
Veteran Toffee Phil Jagielka could be set to leave this month, with The Mail claiming Premier League quintet Bournemouth, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton are keen.
If Jagielka does opt to leave Goodison Park after a decade with the Merseyside giants, Ronald Koeman will be left with just Ramiro Funes Mori and Ashley Williams at centre-back.
Signing Dunk would solve Koeman’s problem area at the back, as the former Southampton boss needs to centre-back cover in his squad if he is to continue using a three-man defence.
It remains to be seen how much Dunk would cost as he has a contract with the south coast club until 2021.
In other Everton transfer news, approaches have been made for this out-of-favour Toffees duo.