Everton are showing an interest in signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, according to Sky Sports.
The report claims they had been chasing Kurt Zouma, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, but have decided to turn their attention towards the 21-year-old with the deal stalling.
Marco Silva has revealed Everton could need five incomings before the end of the transfer window, as reported by The Liverpool Echo, with centre-back being one of the positions he is looking at.
Tomori spent last season on loan at Derby County, where he played 55 games in all competitions under Frank Lampard as the club reached the play-off final, as per Transfermarkt.
His tackling is cited as very strong on WhoScored, while passing and ball interceptions are also seen as strengths.
While speaking as co-commentator on BBC for Derby’s FA Cup win over Southampton, Danny Murphy said of Tomori, as quoted by The Derby Telegraph: “Too strong, too quick, too calm. They [Derby] had some really good performances, he’s been the best of them for me.
“He’s been absolutely superb, he looks a real, real player. I like his maturity, I think his passing is excellent, he’s good in the air, he’s got the lot.”
While Michael Keane did dominate in the air last season with 5.8 aerial duels won per 90 minutes of action last season, the departed Kurt Zouma was the second-highest central defender in that metric with 3.1, so there would certainly be scope to bring someone in who is seemingly ‘good in the air’.
It would be a great move if Everton were able to secure the signing of Tomori, as he could potentially be able to compete with Yerry Mina and Michael Keane immediately considering how highly he is rated by pundits such as Murphy and his impact in the Championship, while also having plenty of potential to grow as a player.
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