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Everton should revive 2017 interest in Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert

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Everton should revive 2017 interest in Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert

The 27-year-old was subject to interest from the Toffees two years ago.

Everton finished 2018/19 with a flourish to claim a very respectable eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

The next challenge for the Toffees is to break into the European qualification places.

Boss Marco Silva will be aware of his remit given to him by the club’s ambitious hierarchy ahead of the new campaign.

In order to progress, some new signings will be targeted.

Andre Gomes has turned his loan move permanent and according to BBC Sport, Fabian Delph is set to join the club too.

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Some more new arrivals are to be expected.

Everton should perhaps revive a transfer link from 2017.

The Toffees were previously linked with a £20 million move for Brighton and Hove Albion winger Anthony Knockaert, according to ESPN.

For whatever reason, that move didn’t come to fruition. He could, however, be on the move during this summer.

 

Fulham are preparing a £15 million bid for the speedy winger, according to the Brighton and Hove Independent.

Silva wasn’t in charge of Everton during their previous interest, but he would be a quality addition to the squad.

Depth

The Toffees aren’t blessed with an abundance of wide options and Knockaert would add some competition for the underperforming Theo Walcott.

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The 27-year-old has proved a tidy little player for the Seagulls. Last season he created seven assists in a Brighton side that only narrowly avoided relegation.

With better players to compliment him, the Frenchman could be a really smart addition for the Toffees.

There is a suggestion that Everton may be shopping in a different market these days. Signing the very best players without European football could prove challenging, however.

Value for money

At £15 million, Knockaert could prove a risk worth taking.

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He possesses the versatility to play in a number of attacking positions and he wouldn’t break the bank.

The ex-Leicester City man is a real work-horse and that would fit in with what Silva expects from his players as a bare minimum.

If the winger is available, Everton could do a lot worse.

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