Everton’s failed €20million move for defender revealed

Defensive reinforcement

An offer from Everton for one European defender was knocked back last month which lead to Eliaquim Mangala joining the club on loan.

The Frenchman joined the club on deadline day from Manchester City until the end of the season.

Though, it could have been very different because it has now been revealed that the club had a bid rejected for a central defender.

That comes in the form of Lille defender Adama Soumaoro who nearly left the club after the French outfit had financial trouble.

Instead, after receiving a €20million bid, Soumaoro decided he would like to stay with Lille until the end of the season according to L’Equipe.

That left Everton out of ideas in terms of a central defender, which most likely lead to Mangala’s move late on deadline day.

The Toffees were in desperate need of reinforcement following an extremely poor season which has seen them in a relegation battle at times.

Before last nights win against Leicester, the side were only five points off the bottom three but have now moved up to 9th.

Whether Everton will return for Lille’s Soumaoro is yet to be seen, which also depends on Sam Allardyce remaining at the club in the summer.

If the Englishman stays on Merseyside, you wouldn’t bet against the Lille man making the move to Goodison.

Everton star leaves on loan – two days after Big Sam claims he won’t

It wasn’t all good for Everton on deadline day.

That is because one player left the club on loan, despite Sam Allardyce revealing he wouldn’t let the player go two days prior.

Safe to say, he wasn’t exactly impressed by the player’s attitude and it was revealed that the player’s stubbornness got him the loan deal.

Click here to find out which player that was and who he joined. 

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