Report: Everton must move quickly to sign St Etienne's Leo Lacroix

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

FC Basel have turned down the chance to sign Leo Lacroix permanently, giving Everton the chance to bring the defender to the Premier League.

Basel's Swiss defender Leo Lacroix (L)  vies for the ball with Manchester City's German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match...

Everton could do with both a centre-back and a left-back this summer. So how about a player who can perform both roles?

No wonder Leo Lacroix is proving popular at Goodison Park. The Sun reported back in March that the Swiss defender, who is on loan at FC Basel from St Etienne, had emerged as a left-field target for the Merseyside giants are they aim to shore up a defence which has been among the leakiest in the Premier League this season.

Leo Lacroix (L) and Fabian Frei (R) of FC Basel celebrate their teams victory following the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester City and FC Basel at...

Everton were impressed by Lacroix as Basel sealed a shock 2-1 Champions League round-of-16 win away at Manchester City two months ago.

And the Sun (May 9th, page 7 of Goals Pull-out) has now provided an update on Lacroix’s future.

It is understood that Basel had the chance to sign the 26-year-old from St Etienne permanently this summer for around £5 million but have now decided against the deal, possibly because Lacroix would have been too costly.

Basel's Swiss defender Leo Lacroix (C) applauds supporters on the pitch after the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between Manchester City and Basel at the...

£5 million would have made Lacroix the most expensive player in Basel’s history after all.

So The Sun reports that Everton must now move quickly if they want to land the two-time international for a bargain fee this summer, with the World Cup around the corner. Interest is bound to rise, not to mention his market value, should Lacroix impress for Switzerland in Russia.

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