Everton are reportedly interested in a possible swoop for Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, but there is a potential “stumbling block” to any kind of deal taking place.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton will be on the search in the summer transfer window to bring in a new right-back to be the long-term successor to Seamus Coleman.
It is explained that the Toffees have interest in Lamptey, who has admirers at the Merseyside club and is on their radar.
But the report adds that the full-back might not be ideal for manager Carlo Ancelotti due to his height, with the youngster just 5ft 5in.
The Echo’s report adds that his height may be a possible “stumbling block”, plus he’s valued at £30million.
Lamptey may be small in size, but he’s got a really huge presence on the pitch and is arguably one of the best players at Premier League rivals Brighton.
The right-back is unfortunately sidelined right now with a hamstring problem, but he’s shown in the past his quality in the top flight and he can be dynamite going forward.
He’s someone with lightning pace, high work-rate and a real aggressive approach to his tackling.
The 20-year-old showed real desire to leave Chelsea in January 2020 despite being regarded as a top talent, but the decision has worked out for the best as the Englishman is now thriving.
Lamptey certainly has the attitude that could see him become a favourite at Everton and he’s got the quality. The only concern might be that he predominately plays as wing-back rather than a conventional full-back.