Everton are reportedly now eyeing up a second centre-back on a free transfer after James Tarkowski.
The Lowdown: Tarkowski transfer ‘done’
As per the Liverpool Echo, the deal to take the 29-year-old to Goodison Park is now ‘done’, although it is not expected to be officially announced until the end of the month.
The defender will join the Toffees as a free agent, having let his contract at Burnley run down this summer.
The Latest: Mbemba eyed by Everton
Fiorentina, Trabzonspor, Lyon, Marseille, AC Milan and Real Betis are also thought to be interested in his signature, although the Toffees are said to have an advantage in that the 27-year-old would prefer a return to England, where he used to play for Newcastle United.
The Verdict: Risky
Even though they would be signing him on a free, bringing Mbemba to Goodison Park would be a risky move by Everton.
His last spell in English football did not really work out, as he was part of a Magpies team which were relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, and he only played 59 times over three years at St James’ Park (Transfermarkt).
However, he was a mainstay in a Porto side which won the domestic double recently, and has been described as a ‘fast’ and ‘tough’ defender by former Anderlecht team-mate Steven Defour, qualities that Frank Lampard will surely be seeking in his backline.
Mbemba has had a troubled past in England, but given that he is currently rated at £15.3m by Transfermarkt, signing him for free could be worth the risk.
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