Everton chiefs have discussed a potential transfer from former Tottenham right-back and now free agent Serge Aurier, according to a report.
The Toffees have enjoyed a strong summer transfer window and have seen some of its advantages already. Although they didn’t win in two games, attacking rookies Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend impressed.
However, manager Rafael Benitez has struggled to expand his squad further because of James Rodriguez.
The 30-year-old was Everton’s highest paid player and therefore took a hefty slice of the payroll.
Caramels have now moved it to Qatar-based Al-Rayyan but wanted his exit during the transfer window.
Nonetheless, attention can now turn to the January transfer window, Benitez’s second as Everton manager.
The Echo of Liverpool claims Everton discussed Aurier as a solution to a problematic right-back position.
However, the newspaper adds that the club does not “actively” pursue the Ivorian international.
Aurier mutually terminated his contract with Spurs in August following struggles at the North London club. In addition, boss Nuno Espirito Santo has brought in an optional Emerson Royal in the right-back.
But he’s still on the hunt for a club and recently had transfer links with Arsenal.
As for Everton, however, Benitez is said to have a plan in place for his squad roster in the coming months.
Benitez has an Everton transfer plan
The manager freed up more room on Everton’s payroll by moving Moise Kean and Bernard this summer.
Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie and Mohamed Besic have also left.
Next summer, Cenk Tosun and Fabian Delph will see their offers expire. This will give Benitez more room to add to his squad.
For now, however, he is considering a full-back and a midfielder.
The right-back is of particular concern, with 32-year-old Seamus Coleman and younger options Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny having so far struggled to really convince.
Everton have had a mixed start to the season. After four wins in five games in all competitions, they are now two without a win.
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