Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho is just the man Everton need

William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon competes for the ball with Michal Krmencik of Viktoria Plzen during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Sporting Lisbon and...

Everton should seriously consider a move for the midfielder this summer.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has a lot of work to do at Goodison Park during the summer, if he is to build a squad of players who are capable of making progress on what has been a difficult campaign this season.

One particular area of concern for the Toffees boss will be his central midfield department, with a lack of bite and aggression making them somewhat easy to play against.

Everton have been a far cry from the team that has been so hard to play against in recent years, and Allardyce needs to bring in a strong midfield enforcer to help change that.

Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho from Portugal  during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon,...

With this in mind, the Blues should consider a move for Sporting Lisbon ace William Carvalho, who is available for around €40 million (£35 million) this summer, according to Portuguese media outlet JN.

The 26-year-old is powerful, aggressive, and provides a shield for his defence - something that Everton have lacked in midfield recently.

He is also a competent passer and a serial winner. The Portugal international would be the ideal foil for the likes of Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson at Goodison Park, and would provide Allardyce with a far more balanced setup.

Portugal's midfielder William Carvalho attends a training session ahead of the Russia 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on on June 16, 2017.

Carvalho has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, but his price-tag has always put off any potential suitors.

At the age of 26 now, though, he has entered his peak years, and £35 million would surely be considered as decent value.

If Allardyce does in fact manage to bring the Portuguese to Goodison Park, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for Everton.

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