Lille’s Ligue 1 defender Adama Soumaoro was heavily linked with a possible move to Everton in the January transfer window.

Everton’s links with the highly-rated Lille defender Adama Soumaoro go back as far as December. The Mail stated nine months ago that the Toffees were big fans of the 26-year-old, who is understood to be valued at £20 million.

And the Liverpool Echo claimed in the January transfer window that Everton had sent director of football Steve Walsh and chief scout Martin Glover to France to watch Soumaoro in action. It proved to be something of a wasted trip, however, as the Frenchman missed the game through injury.

In the final days of the summer window, meanwhile, it seems that Soumaoro was still high on Everton’s wish list.

According La Voix du Nord, Everton made contact with the versatile defender before settling on Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina instead.

The former arrives on loan from Chelsea for the season while the latter, after a prolonged period of speculation, moved to Goodison Park from Barcelona for £28.5 million.

It remains to be seen whether they have made the right decision. Although Zouma has plenty of Premier League experience while Mina showed with his performances for Colombia at the World Cup that he cannot be judged on his difficult half-season at the Camp Nou.

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