Everton reportedly made contact with £20m January target Adama Soumaoro this month

Marco Silva, the Everton manager, issues instructions during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United...

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

Josh Gordon of Leicester City in action with Adama Soumaoro of Lille during the pre-season friendly match between Lille and Leicester City at Stade Pierre Mauroy on August 4, 2018 in Lille,...

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.

LOSC Lille defender Adama Soumaoro from France with FC Porto forward Moussa Marega from Mali in action during the Algarve Cup match between FC Porto and LOSC Lille at Estadio Algarve on...

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.

Yerry Mina poses as a new Everton FC player on August 9, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

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