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Everton to bid for Lille defender Adama Soumaoro

Everton are lining up a bid for Lille defender Adama Soumaoro.

The Sun says Goodison spy Steve Walsh went for a final check on the £18million-rated defender last week, only to find out he was injured.

Powerhouse Soumaoro, who can play anywhere across the back four, is keen on a switch to the Premier League.

And French club Lille are ready to offload the 25-year-old to ease their financial woes, despite being in a relegation fight.

Manager Sam Allardyce is desperate to replace his Dad's Army defensive duo of Phil Jagielka, 35, and Ashley Williams, 33.

If Soumaoro joins, Welshman Williams could be offloaded.

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