Everton should move for Swansea City's Alfie Mawson

Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City reacts uring the Premier League match between Hull City and Watford at the KCOM Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Hull, England.

Reports on Friday suggest West Ham United have had a bid rejected by Swansea City for defender Alfie Mawson - but should Everton get into the mix?

Swansea goalscorer Alfie Mawson celebrates the opening goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on January 22, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

The Liverpool Echo reported last week that Everton are prioritising a centre-back this summer as the club looks to rebuild after a season of disappointment.

It begs the question: what kind of defender do Everton really need? £30m signing Michael Keane must be of the utmost consideration here - the Toffees can't give up on him now, but the club will certainly be expecting more from him next season.

Michael Keane of Everton reacts during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

And although Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka each have years of Premier League experience, we have probably seen their best days. Fresher legs are perhaps now needed at Everton at the back.

Jonny Evans' transfer to Leicester City has left a few top-flight teams looking slow off the mark as the West Bromwich Albion captain left for just £3m. Evans' experience - and he is still comfortably good enough for the Premier League - did seem ideally suited to being Keane's partner. And at a price that suits a transitional summer for Everton.

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United clashes with Michael Keane of Everton, Ashley Williams of Everton and Phil Jagielka of Everton during the Premier League match between Manchester United...

But perhaps it's time to head in a slightly different direction by looking for a long-term partner for Keane.

That man could be Swansea City's Alfie Mawson. The 24-year-old has been one of Swansea's best performers over the last two years and, following the club's relegation, his future is surely in doubt there.

Olivier Giroud of Chelsea is tackled by Alfie Mawson of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

He may only have two years of Premier League experience, but Mawson has shown the ability to step up, having performed in all England's football's top six divisions. His next one will be his biggest and West Ham are known to have a keen interest in the Englishman.

The prospect of striking up a partnership with Keane would be hugely beneficial to both him and Everton, however. Both are in the same age bracket and, given Everton's need for stability right now, the two of them devolpinging together long-term could be exactly what's needed. All they need to do is convince Swansea to part with the player.

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