Everton want ex-Arsenal target Joshua Guilavogui - why it makes sense

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The Goodison Park side are reportedly ready to pounce on the Atletico Madrid reject – which would be a sensible piece of business.

After an excellent first season under Roberto Martinez where they were unlucky not to finish in the top four, Everton’s summer in the transfer market will be a major factor in their level of success in 2013-14.

The Daily Mail has today suggested that the Toffees are weighing up a move for Atletico Madrid man Joshua Guilavogui as a potential summer addition.

The French defensive midfielder was a player that was reportedly in Arsenal’s sights in the recent past, but he moved to Atletico last summer.

However, the switch has not worked out for the 23-year-old, who spent the second half of the season back at former club St Etienne on loan after failing to establish himself at the Vicente Calderon.

With the La Liga champions thought to be ready to cut their losses on Guilavogui, the enforcer is set to be available for between £5-7 million.

With Gareth Barry’s loan spell at Goodison coming to an end, it is likely that Everton will be in the market for a central midfielder this summer.

There is every chance that free agent Barry could return to the Merseyside club, but there is still scope for further options in this area.

On first sight, Guilavogui looks like a player that could be a shrewd acquisition.

Martinez has set his side up to keep the ball and play attacking, front-foot football and as such the enforcer does not look like he would fit in.

However, on the other hand, having a disciplined defensive midfielder that can sit in front of the side’s back four will allow fellow midfielders and full-backs to push forward safe in the knowledge that they have cover behind them.

With James McCarthy and Ross Barkley having excellent 2013-14 seasons, their attacking instincts could well be unleashed further with the presence of Guilavogui behind them next season.

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