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Everton should target former Allardyce player Yann M'Vila

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The midfielder could soon be a free agent after Rubin Kazan failed to pay their players

Yann M'Vila (L) FC Rubin Kazan vies for the ball  with Anton Sosnin FC Dinamo Moscow during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan and FC Dinamo Moscow at Kazan Arena...

One of the major problems for Everton this season has been the lack of protection afforded to the defence from midfield, with Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin both struggling to make an impact when called upon.

New Everton manager Sam Allardyce may attempt to address that issue by bringing in a new defensive midfielder in the January transfer window and he should consider the option, if available, of signing Yann M'Vila on a free transfer.

Yann M'Vila (L) of FC Rubin Kazan vies for the ball with Aleksandr Yerokhin FC Rostov Rostov-On-Don during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov Rostov-On-...

M'Vila is currently at Rubin Kazan but the Russian club haven't paid their players for four months and the entire squad are threatening to walk out in January, as reported by The Telegraph.

If M'Vila becomes available then it would be no surprise if Everton are amongst the leading contenders to sign him, with the Frenchman having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Sunderland in the 2015/16 season, where Allardyce was the manager for the majority of the campaign.

Yann M'Vila (R) of FC Rubin Kazan vies for the ball with Sergei Tkachyov PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara  during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan and PFC Krylia Sovetov...

In addition to providing the requisite protection to the back four, M'Vila is also capable of setting the tempo of the game with some slick passes and the 27-year-old could well be enticed by the prospect of returning to the Premier League.

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