Why Everton should sign reportedly available defender, player wants PL stay
By Dominic Toner
Everton should make a move for Manchester City defender Gael Clichy in the summer when he is out of contract.
The Daily Mirror claim that the 31-year-old will not be offered a new deal at the Etihad Stadium and will leave them at that end of the season.
The report details that the left-back wants to stay in England if he leaves Man City as he is settled in the country after a 14-year stay.
Everton do already have a quality left-back in Leighton Baines in their squad, but he is under no pressure for his place and Ronald Koeman should consider having a competitive squad.
The Toffees are hopeful of finishing in a European spot in the Premier League, meaning their fixture list will increase next season.
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They don’t currently have much experience of Europe, or have the squad size to compete in a number of competitions.
The Merseyside club should sign a number of experienced players to blend with their youthful options and Clichy would be a strong addition.
He would definitely put some pressure on Baines for a starting position and has experience of playing in Europe before.
The Frenchman also has 314 Premier League appearances under his belt during spells with Man City and Arsenal.
Clichy has also won the league title on three occasions and would arrive at Goodison Park with real pedigree.
Everton want to kick on and compete for Champions League places each season, so having a strong squad will be important to achieving that.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman claims Romelu Lukaku needs Champions League to stay at the club.