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Everton are keen to add some depth at centre-half by signing Real Sociedad youngster Modibo Sagnan, according to Onze Mondial.

While the magisterial David Silva, the inspirational Mikel Oyarzabal and the vibrant Portu have hogged the headlines in San Sebastian this season, a 21-year-old centre-back has also played his part in a Sociedad side that, until recently, seemed a dark horse in the La Liga title race.

However, four defeats in seven matches means Imanol Alguacil’s side has dropped to fifth in the table, although Sagnan continues to catch the eye in a breakthrough season at the Anoeta.

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So much so, according to reports, Everton want to sign the 6ft 2in Frenchman as back-up for the in-form Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina.

Onze Mondial adds Everton’s recruitment team has been following Sagnan for a while.

Director of football Marcel Brands has a fine track record when it comes to unearthing talented, under-the-radar youngsters, discovering Dries Mertens, Kevin Strootman and Hirving Lozano during his time in the Eredivisie.

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Interestingly, Everton’s neighbours across Stanley Park tried to sign a teenage Saignan twice in 2018 (France Football). Could Liverpool’s loss be Everton’s gain?

Like World Cup winner Raphael Varane, Sagnan honed his talents at Lens before joining Sociedad in a £4 million deal two years ago.

Interestingly, Sagnan has completed about 94 per cent of his passes in the 2020/21 Europa League – a tally only five players can beat (WhoScored).

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