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.
Lille rejected a €20m offer from Everton on transfer deadline day for central defender Adama Soumaoro – L’Équipe https://t.co/YQgKJdYk5k
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