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22nd Aug, 2016 | 9:12am

Guillem Balague: Everton given hope in pursuit of £18.5m La Liga 27-year-old

By Will Butcher

La Liga outfit Valencia have given Everton hope in their pursuit of Tunisia international Aymen Abdennour, according to a reliable journalist.

Valencia news website Deporte Valenciano claimed that the Merseysiders are eyeing up the centre-back as they look to bring in another defender following the exit of John Stones.

Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Balague has now revealed in a La Liga preview on the broadcaster’s website that cash-strapped Valencia are willing to sell a number of senior players and are keen for Everton to pursue their interest in Abdennour.

Alvaro Negredo, Sofiane Feghouli and Antonio Barragan have all made Premier League moves this summer and the Spanish side are looking to reshuffle their defensive options and sell three centre-backs.

Premier League rivals Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Shkodran Mustafi, while Brazilian centre-back Adelan Santos is also likely to leave.

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Abdennour joined Valencia at the end of last summer’s transfer window for £18.5million from Monaco, and has formed a strong partnership with Germany international Mustafi.

The Turkish international played 29 times for Valencia last season as they limped to a poor 12th placed finish, while manager Gary Neville was sacked.

The Toffees have already brought in Swansea captain Ashley Williams for a fee of around £12million but are in the market for another centre-back.

In other Everton news, Kevin Mirallas is desperate for his fellow countryman to sign a new contract.