Everton should think twice about signing Petrus Boumal as Idrissa Gueye replacement

Oumar Niasse of Everton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with Idrissa Gueye during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10,...

Replacing Idrissa Gueye with an unknown like Petrus Boumal would be lunacy by Everton.

Idrissa Gueye of Everton during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Everton fans will have raised an eyebrow if they caught a report involving Idrissa Gueye recently.

Foot Mercato in France reported on Tuesday that Everton are interested in signing FC Ural midfielder Petrus Boumal if Gueye leaves Goodison Park this summer.

Boumal joined the Russian side from CSKA Sofia last summer and, according to Transfermarkt, he is valued at only £540,000.

Gueye has been one of Everton's best and most consistent players this season. Losing him would anger the Toffees' faithful, but replacing him with an unknown like Boumal would surely make them furious.

Despite being an unknown, the 24-year-old might very well be an excellent player at some point in the future, but for now there is nothing to suggest that Boumal - yet to be capped by Cameroon - is anywhere near Gueye's level and signing him as a replacement for the 28-year-old would be lunacy.

Idrissa Gueye of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on September 17, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Everton have had a dreadful season all things considered, but it could and would have been far worse without the combative former Aston Villa man in front of their ever-unreliable defence and if the Merseysiders do have to replace him this summer, they need somebody brilliant.

Under no circumstances should they pluck a bargain-basement option from a relegation-threatened Russian Premier League side to replace the key man.

Fortunately for Everton fans, there is very little substance or logic to this rumour, but they could justifiably be furious if it does materialise.

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