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Everton are favourites to sign Chris Smalling, should he make the move?

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As it looks likely that there will be yet more summer upheaval at Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho attempts to mount a fight against Manchester City next season, and one of the men to fall victim to that could be Chris Smalling.

Smalling has already lost his spot in the England squad under Gareth Southgate and may miss out on a World Cup place, but remains a regular option for Mourinho.

That said, if United are to look to improve over the summer then some of the changes are likely to come at the back and that could spell an end to Smalling’s career in Manchester, particularly if he wants to regain a spot in the England squad.

If he does leave Old Trafford, the favourites to snap him up are Everton with Sky Bet offering odds of 5/1.

(during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on February 3, 2018 in Manchester, England.)

The Toffees are bound to be on the lookout for improvements of their own, with Ashley Williams not as convincing as many had hoped, Phil Jagielka far past his best and Michael Keane disappointing since his move last summer.

Smalling has experience at the very highest level and has shown with United that he has what it takes, even if he lacks the consistency and occasionally makes some costly mistakes.

Everton’s good relationship with United could be key to securing his signature with many Premier League clubs likely to be interested if he is for sale, with Leicester, Crystal Palace and Newcastle all in the running according to the odds.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Michael Keane is vulnerable at Everton after Mason Holgate’s weekend performance

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With Everton captain Phil Jagielka suspended for the Toffees’ weekend clash against Southampton, Marco Silva opted to hand youngster Mason Holgate a start in the heart of defence.

Paired alongside Michael Keane, the 21-year-old gave a mature performance in victory over the Saints and there is now a very good chance that he will be given future first team opportunities.

This could leave Keane very vulnerable, with the likes of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma yet to be considered for the starting XI.

Keane hasn’t done anything near enough to live up to the reputation that followed him after his £30 million move from Turf Moor two summers’ ago.

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After a difficult start to life in Merseyside under Ronald Koeman, he has since fallen out of contention for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

The former Burnley man has looked sluggish and error prone and there is a feeling around Goodison Park that he will become drastically exposed against some of the more menacing top flight sides.

With £27.19 million summer signing Mina on the verge of full fitness, following the World Cup, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him replace Keane in the first team in the coming weeks.

This change would pave way for a young, fresh and exciting centre-back partnership of Holgate and Mina – a solid platform for Silva to build his new team around.

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Everton round-up: Bolasie hijacked, Williams to Bolton and Mina deals emerge

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Bolasie hijack

Aston Villa are hoping to hijack any deal for Everton winger Yannick Bolasie. It has looked increasingly likely that the DR Congo winger was on his way to Middlesbrough to work with former Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis.

However, as reported by Birmingham Live, Villa are hopeful they can still convince him to head to Villa Park on a season-long loan.

Bolasie is reportedly set to hold talks with Villa today.

The £25 million wideman has been told he does not feature in Everton’s plans this season.

6th March 2018, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales; EFL Championship Football, Cardiff City versus Barnsley; Joe Williams of Barnsley and Kenneth Zohore of Cardiff City battle for the ball (Photo by Nathan Munkley/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Williams destination

Everton youngster Joe Williams is set to head out on loan this week. The impressive midfielder spent last season at Barnsley and is now heading back to the Championship.

According to Football Insider, he will be on his way to Bolton Wanderers. The likes of Bristol City and Birmingham City were also keen on the player but it seems the Trotters have won the race for the highly-rated 21-year-old.

Mina buy-back

Marca have shed more light on the deal that saw Yerry Mina head to Everton. The Toffees paid £28.5 million for the player on deadline day. However, it was quickly confirmed that Barcelona retained a buy-back option for the player.

That fee is set at £53.7 million. Marca have confirmed however that Barcelona cannot exercise any option until 2020.

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Free agent target Miguel Veloso has twice outclassed Everton in Europa League thrashings

The Portuguese midfielder has a fantastic record against Everton.

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This week has seen Everton linked with a move for the Portugues international Miguel Veloso. The 32-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Italian side Genoa this summer. TEAMtalk is, therefore, suggesting that he might be a perfect option for Everton to add depth to their squad, considering his flexibility across numerous positions.

The 56-cap international has long been linked with moves to England after impressive form with the likes of Genoa and Dynamo Kiev, not to mention his national team. The Euro 2016 winner was also magnificent for Sporting Lisbon, something fans of Everton can surely attest to.

In 2010 Everton were on something of a European run. They had made it to the last 32 of the Europa League and defeated Sporting 2-1 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Miguel Veloso of Sporting Lisbon celebrates his spot kick during the UEFA Europa League Round 32 first leg match between Everton and Sporting Lisbon on February 16, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Veloso scored the worrying away goal in that game from the penalty spot. In the end, the Portuguese side did not need it. They tore Everton apart at home, winning 3-0 and booking their place in the last 16.

It was 0-0 at half-time in that fixture, but Sporting upped the ante in the second half – with Velos the instigator.

He controlled the game from midfield with his partner in crime Joao Moutinho. Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov were left chasing shadows.

Dynamo Kiev’s Portuguese midfielder Miguel Veloso (2nd L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa league round of 32 first leg football match Guingamp vs Dynamo Kiev on February 19, 2015 at the Roudourou stadium in Guingamp, western France. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Everton fans who remember that tie will know the innate quality Veloso possesses.

However, it was eight years ago and it is hard to see where Veloso would fit in now at Goodison Park. Well no worries, because an even more recent performance suggest he has not petered out. Dynamo Kiev thumped Everton 5-2 in the Europa League in 2015. It was a resounding result in which Everton were again outclassed. The man at the heart of Kiev’s midfield that night? It was once again Veloso, who also scored his side’s third goal

Based on his displays against Everton in the past, there is no doubt that Veloso could add something to the fold at Goodison Park.

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