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Everton should target £20m-rated England defender as Leighton Baines replacement

Everton boss Marco Silva is in the market for a new left-back with the club looking at Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell and Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt, according to Sky Sports.

Wendell is highly rated in Germany, while Plattenhardt could also be a promising signing. But if Silva and Everton are really looking to strengthen the left-back position at the club, then they should consider targeting Southampton man Ryan Bertrand – valued at £20m by Transfermarkt.

While the 28-year-old isn’t as young as Wendell and Plattenhardt, which could be a barrier considering Silva is searching for a long-term successor for current first-choice left-back Leighton Baines, as also reported by Sky Sports.

But Bertrand has the kind of Premier League experience and quality that can help Everton close the group between them and the top six.

The England international has the ability to dominate the complete left flank, often bombing up and down like a winger and providing Southampton with an extra attacking threat in the opponent’s half. Combined with his overall, solid defending, Everton are unlikely to find a better left-back on the market.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had targeted Bertrand last summer, according to Sky Sports, while Tottenham have also shown interest since, as reported by the Daily Express, indicating just how much the Champions League winning full-back is rated in England.

If there is an opportunity to sign Bertrand, then Everton should forget about both Wendell and Plattenhardt and go all out for the ex-Chelsea defender.

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