Report: Everton target Le Havre's Ferland Mendy - another Steve Walsh starlet

Everton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans after the match

Arsenal look to have nabbed Sead Kolasinac from under Everton's nose - but Ligue 2 youngster Ferland Mendy could be on his way to Goodison Park.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

Everton were expected to make a splash in the 2017 transfer window after falling short in the race for countless top targets last summer. However, it's fair to say The Toffees have made a rather inauspicious start.

Director of Football Steve Walsh appears to be prioritising young, under-the-radar talents rather than headline-grabbing marquee names thus far. And Le Havre left-back Ferland Mendy is certainly more the former than the latter.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson and assistant Steve Walsh (L)Director of Football Steve Walsh (L) helped Leicester City reach the top

According to L'Equipe, Everton are one of a number of clubs tracking the 21-year-old, with Premier League rivals Watford and Ligue 1 quartet Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux also in the race.

And the reports adds that Le Havre, who finished eighth in the French second tier in 2016/17, will ask for just £4.3 million for Mendy with his contract expiring in twelve months time.

In the modern market, that is mere pocket change for an Everton side bankrolled by billionnaire shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

New Everton investor Farhad Moshiri in the standsEverton investor Farhad Moshiri 

The question, however, is whether Mendy has the potential to be a long-term successor for the ageing Leighton Baines. An attacking, energetic left-back with time on his side, Mendy certainly has the raw ability to be an upgrade on previous back-up option Bryan Oviedo.

However, with Everton looking likely to miss out on Schalke's Arsenal-linked flyer Sead Kolasinac, one of the continent's best attacking left-back's, the arrival of the unknown Mendy is unlikely to convince fans that The Toffees can gatecrash the top four next season.

Schalke's Sead Kolasinac celebratesSchalke's Sead Kolasinac was heavily linked with Everton

The Bosnian international would surely be ready to walk straight into Ronald Koeman's first XI. Mendy, however, may require a little more patience.

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