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.
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.
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.
£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.