Everton's absence from reported Kara Mbodji race is baffling

Dejected Everton fans look on following their team's 6-1 defeat 2during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 15, 2009 in Liverpool,...

Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Swansea and Leicester want Kara Mbodji - but not Everton for some reason.

Serigne Mbodji of RSC Anderlecht battles with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Manchester United and RSC...

There is no shortage of Premier League clubs who have made their interest in Anderlecht centre-back Kara Mbodji clear.

The 6ft 3ins powerhouse’s agent, Ediz Balkan, told Turkish Football on Friday that a number of top flight clubs had been in talks with the Belgian side about potentially signing Mbodji in the January transfer window.

The report identifies those as Newcastle United, Leicester, Swansea City, Crystal Palace and Brighton.

Everton, however, are conspicuous by their absence – despite being burdened with the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League so far in 2017/18.

Serigne Mbodji of RSC Anderlecht in action during the UEFA Europa League Group C match between RSC Anderlecht and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on November 3, 2016 in...

Turkish Football adds that Anderlecht would rather not sell one of their key players midway through the season. An offer of around £10 million, however, could tempt them to part with the 49-cap Senegalese international.

Needless to say £10 million is pocket change for an Everton side who spent around £140 million seemingly making their squad worse in the summer. But for all that expenditure, The Toffees still lack an authoritative defensive presence.

Michael Keane looks a bag of nerves, Phil Jagielka is ageing fast and the less said about Ashley Williams (below) the better. Ramiro Funes Mori, meanwhile, is not due back for some time thanks to a long-term injury.

Ashley Williams of Everton apeals during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park on October 19, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

27-year-old Mbodji, however, is an aggressive and commanding centre-back who could add some much needed muscle in an Everton defence that has looked softer than melted marshmallow at times this season.

Mbodji kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet during Anderlecht’s Europa League quarter-final against Manchester United last season – so in a way he has aced his Premier League audition.

As it stands, however, it seems that Everton have already fallen behind five clubs with Mbodji set to be hot property in the New Year.

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