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Report: Everton set to complete deal for Marseille defender Niels Nkounkou

(Photo by Maxime-Alexandre Paul - OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

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Report: Everton set to complete deal for Marseille defender Niels Nkounkou

The Times have claimed that Everton are set to complete their first signing of the summer in the form of Marseille teenager Niels Nkounkou on a free transfer – after the versatile youngster rejected a new contract.

Nkounkou, 19, was on the verge of making his Marseille debut after achieving a place on the bench in two senior matches this season. But with the campaign curtailed, his wait for a senior debut will now go on.

A France Under-19 international, Nkounkou is naturally a left-sided defender but can also play in midfield. He has been at Marseille for two years, a club in which Andre Villas-Boas has guided his side into the Champions League.

 

But with Nkounkou rejecting the chance to remain at Marseille, Everton have swooped and will sign Nkounkou on a free. It is believed he will train with Ancelotti’s senior side, but start in David Unsworth’s Under-23 team.

Nkounkou, left. (Photo by Maxime-Alexandre Paul – OM/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images)

TBR’s view – Bad news for Baines?

Leighton Baines has been offered a one-year deal by Everton in order to keep the 35-year-old at the club for the 2020-21 season – as cover for France international Lucas Digne. He is yet to put pen to paper.

Now, with Nkounkou set to sign and look at breaking into the first team – Baines will surely decide against signing a new contract with Ancelotti seemingly planning for life without the set-piece specialist.

(Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

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