Everton keen on £12,000-a-week ‘smart role model’ Lampard needs him – opinion
Everton are considering a move for Mainz centre-back Moussa Niakhate during the summer transfer window as Frank Lampard aims to strengthen his defence.
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That’s according to German outlet BILD, who claimed the 26-year-old is keen to join a Premier League club this summer, with the Toffees and West Ham leading the hunt.
With just a year left on his current contract, the centre-back could be available for part of £8m, a small change in today’s world of heavily inflated transfer fees.
Lampard needs Niakhate
There’s no doubt that Everton have had a terrible season, and despite a recent resurgence in results which could prove crucial in their relegation fight, it just hasn’t been good enough for a club of their size and of their talents.
If Lampard remains in charge ahead of next season, his urgent priority is to sign a defender, and Niakhate fits the bill perfectly.
The £12,000-a-week Mainz captain has been described by manager Bo Svensson as both a ‘role model’ and ‘smart’ following his marvelous campaign which sees Die Nullfünfer currently sit ninth in the league table. Bundesliga.
Nikhate would be a big upgrade over Yerry Mina and Michael Keane in Everton’s backline. He made more interceptions (72) than the Toffees duo combined (70) and also attempted more tackles during the league season (59) compared to Mina (17) and Keane (46).
These figures show his strength in defense and illustrate his ability to stabilize the defense of the Blues. His disciplinary record is also excellent, receiving just one warning, while Mina and Keane have each had three bookings this term.
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Everton need a player mature enough to organize their defence, and Niakhate appears to have all the attributes to succeed in England, as well as being a noticeable improvement to the defensive options currently available to Lampard.
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