Report: Everton braced as goalkeeper makes decision on transfer
By Alex Taylor
Everton have missed out on goalkeeping target Steve Mandanda, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim that the 31-year-old has agreed to join Crystal Palace for £1.7million after leaving Olympic Marseille this summer.
The report says that while the length of Mandanda’s contract is not yet known he has already successfully passed a medical with the Eagles ahead of his move to Selhurst Park.
It will be regarded as a snub to Everton, who have been linked with a strong interest in Mandanda.
The French shot stopper played 50 times this season for Marseille, keeping 16 clean sheets in all competitions as he helped guide the French outfit to a 13th place finish in Ligue 1.
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The move will frustrate Everton fans as the club have failed to bring in a new keeper since Tim Howard left the Toffees earlier this summer, moving back to America to play for the Colorado Rapids.
New manager Ronald Koeman has been on the hunt for a new goalkeeper since his arrival as the club currently only have one recognised senior keeper in the error-prone Joel Robles.