After a summer of spending last summer, Everton were left feeling red-faced about the quality of their transfer business – but they could resolve that with a big-money swoop from Newcastle United 12 months on.
The Toffees saw unprecedented spending at Goodison Park under Farhad Moshiri but the big money price tags for the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane did not translate into the quality of performances expected from their new stars.
Instead it left them flirting with a relegation battle early in the campaign and their eventual eighth placed finish was some way off they top six hunt they were hoping to push for.
While some will put their struggles down to the vast number of injuries suffered, it was the poor displays from the likes of Keane, the highly rated centre back that Everton managed to poach ahead of bigger clubs, which let them down.
He was meant to be the man to take over from the experienced pair of Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams but despite reaching the latter stages of their careers, they have kept their places in the starting XI – but they cannot be there forever.
If Keane cannot be the man to full their shoes, then Everton need a new man in – and they might have found their top target in Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles.
The Sun claim that the Toffees are plotting a £25million swoop for the 24-year-old, and despite having just a season and a half of Premier League action under his belt, he has more than proven himself.
His leadership qualities and imposing presence at the back is exactly what Everton need to solve their issue at the heart of defence – and takes a lot of pressure off going into next season.
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