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Everton must consider move for promising Nice defender this summer

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Everton must consider move for promising Nice defender this summer

Everton should seriously consider entering the race for Nice defender Youcef Atal this summer.

The Telegraph reported a couple of days ago that Chelsea have included the Algeria international on their transfer shortlist.

But the Blues are currently banned by FIFA from signing players for the next two windows, although they are awaiting the verdict of an appeal.


Chelsea officials are hopeful it will be delayed, leaving them free to bring players in in the summer window.

If the decision is upheld, then the Toffees must think about moving for the player, with the right-back position in need of some fresh impetus.


TBR’s view

Seamus Coleman’s form has picked up in recent weeks which is good news for the club after some lengthy struggles following his terrible leg break.

That said, Coleman is still not the player he once was and he is now 30 years old.

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Atal is eight years the Irishman’s junior and plays with a real zip.

The defender, who The Telegraph state could cost at least €40 million (£34.6 million), possesses impressive pace and dribbling, and he is also able to play as a winger.

What’s more he is a defender who can also contribute goals, something that has been fairly common at Goodison Park down the years with the likes of Joleon Lescott, Leighton Baines and Coleman himself. He recently became the first Algerian to score a hat-trick in Ligue 1 for 33 years with a triple against Guingamp last weekend.

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