Adama Soumaoro would be a strong summer addition by Everton, strengthening their defence significantly in the process.

According to French outlet La Voix du Nord, the Toffees are eyeing up a move for the LOSC Lille captain, who would cost somewhere in the region of €12-15 million.

Soumaoro impressed for the Ligue 1 side last season, leading them to a second-place finish behind Paris Saint-Germain.

A move to the Premier League is now being mooted, with Everton joined by Crystal Palace in showing an interest.

Lazio have also been linked with the 27-year-old, who rose through Lille’s academy to become a key man.

Marco Silva is looking to turn Everton into a top-six club and acquiring Soumaoro’s service would be a positive step in the right direction.

Any good side is built on solid foundations and Everton have lacked a true leader at the back since Phil Jagielka in his prime.

There are good defensive options for Silva, from Michael Keane to Yerry Mina, but Soumaoro would still arguably be an upgrade.

A move isn’t necessarily close to happening – Palace could provide stern competition – but it is one that Everton should be focused on getting over the line.

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