By Russell Edge

30th Apr, 2018 | 9:23pm

Everton must pounce on no-lose CL powerhouse swoop as bargain £3m asking price reported


One thing that the Everton board cannot be accused of is not splashing the cash over the last 12 months.

The Toffees have seen a massive influx of big money buys in a bid to try and push up the table after getting stuck in mid-table mediocrity for a couple of years.

Their aspirations were to try and break the top six with expensive buys such as proven Premier League playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, former star Wayne Rooney (albeit on a free transfer) and in January, Turkish international Cenk Tosun.

Unfortunately for the Goodison Park outfit, things have not gone to plan, and after such a disappointing season, those big price tags will no doubt be weighing heavy over everyone involved.

Everton might be tempted to continue pouring out significant fees for new recruits, but they could well manage expectations a little better by bringing in a bargain swoop every so often – and that is exactly what they can do with Leo Lacroix this summer.

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Sport Witness claim that the Toffees have been in hot pursuit of the 26-year-old centre back in recent months after a mixed bag of a season, first with parent club Saint Etienne before heading on loan to Swiss top flight side FC Basel.

He impressed against English champions Manchester City in the Champions League, while also helping Basel to second in the Super League, and looks set to be for sale this summer.

While he might not have the history behind him to prove he will be a success in England, the price tag that Sport Witness are claiming St Etienne want means it is a no-lose situation – with the £3million (€3.5million) asking price more in line with what Championship sides might be spending.

If he succeeds at Goodison Park, his swoop is a stroke of genius, and if he fails hit the expected heights, there should be no trouble finding another suitor keen to snap him up for the same price a year on.

Everton’s recent business might be questionable, but they can quickly rectify that with Lacroix.

In other Everton news, Redknapp: Everton must rip up contract of £115,000-a-week big name who only arrived this season.

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