Report: Everton in talks to sign Nantes teenager Kamal Bafounta

General view of the Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Barclaycard Premiership match played at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on August 17, 2002.

Everton are reportedly keen on Nantes youngster Kamal Bafounta.

General view of the Everton v Tottenham Hotspur Barclaycard Premiership match played at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on August 17, 2002.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Everton have opened talks with the representatives of Nantes teenager Kamal Bafounta as they pursue a summer deal.

The Toffees are expected to make a host of changes this summer, including the excits of manager Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh, with Farhad Moshiri far from happy with a torrid season.

Big-name signings will be expected given Moshiri's funding, but Everton have also focused on signing talented youngsters for the future, swelling their Under-23 ranks in recent years.

They could be at it again this summer, as French newspaper L'Equipe report that Everton have already opened talks with the representatives of Nantes teenager Kamal Bafounta.

Nantes' supporters cheer during the French L1 football match Nantes vs Paris Saint Germain at La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France, on January 14, 2018.

Bafounta is out of contract this summer, and it's claimed that Nantes now fear that he will leave in a bargain compensation deal to a major club abroad, with the 16-year-old refusing to sign a new deal.

A France Under-16 international with five caps to his name, Bafounta looks to have a bright future ahead of him, and Everton are seemingly looking to ensure that his future lies at Goodison Park.

With questions over Walsh's future, it's unclear just who would be driving Everton's interest in Bafounta, but it seems that Everton do at least have targets in mind for the summer transfer window – even if they aren't immediate solutions to a poor campaign.

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