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Three defensive signings for Everton this summer, including Arsenal full-back

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As far as disappointing seasons go, Everton’s in 2015/16 has to be right up there. Their squad possesses such promise in nearly every position and on paper at least, it is their most talented for years.

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Nonetheless, they have fallen by the wayside and languish in the lower portion of mid-table, having been roundly thumped in a recent Merseyside derby and ousted agonisingly in the FA Cup semi-final after an Anthony Martial strike.

It is the common conception that Everton will struggle to keep their core of talented youngsters, namely Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones. However, if a new manager comes to the club; as appears likely, and reinvigorates these individuals, they may all be persuaded to stay. Who then, should The Toffees sign to bolster this core of stars, hopefully allowing them to do their fans justice in 2016/17? Read the next pages to discover three players that would make a real difference for Everton, and where they would feature within the starting eleven.

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Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence

The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.

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The world’s eyes were on Croatia last night, as Zlatko Dalic’s side dismantled Argentina 3-0. And a number of high-profile targets for Premier League clubs were in action. However, it appears Everton have identified a potential target that isn’t one of the household names, in Domagoj Vida, according to reports from Turkish outlet SABAH.

The defender currently plies his trade for Turkish giants Besiktas, having joined from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in January. But the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Vodafone Park. And Marco Silva could now swoop for his services, as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of his first season in-charge at Goodison Park.

The defender’s performance last night suggests he could be a serious coup for Silva if a deal can be completed. Vida partnered Liverpool regular Dejan Lovren at centre-back and managed to keep a star-studded Argentina attack; including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala quiet for the duration of the game.

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His aggression and determination was evident for all to see, as a string of last-ditch blocks and slide tackles rounded off a brilliant display for Croatia, as they secured a clean-sheet. And the dogged attitude the player showed last night, is what was largely missing from Everton’s rear-guard last term.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are coming to the latter stages of their careers with the Blues, and with the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori yesterday (BBC Sport), a deal for Vida would make perfect sense on Merseyside this summer.

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Sam Allardyce transfer target Marcelo Brozovic thriving in Russia

Everton tried to sign the Croatian in January but he has since been in fine form.

Mathew Nash

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Croatia may have just sent Argentina packing from the World Cup. The Balkan side produced a ruthless punishment over the South American side, who were inept in their 3-0 defeat. The result was built on a midfield masterclass. The world-class Luka Modric and brilliant Ivan Rakitic had acres of time and space to send Argentina spinning.

But, the anchorman also deserves credit. Marcelo Brozovic, for the second game in a row at the World Cup, was brilliant. The pendulum in the heart of the Croatia clockwork, the Inter Milan star showed just why he became a key player for the Nerazzurri at the back end of last season.

Which is a lot different to January, when it seemed he was Everton bound.

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Sam Allardyce pursued the Croatian fervently throughout winter. As summed up by Football Italia the Toffees were one of several teams willing to buy the player, with his time at Inter coming to an end. The Nerazzurri were apparently looking for a fee in the region of €28 million (£24.5 million) for the player.

But no deal ever came to fruition. Now Everton must be wishing that Big Sam and co had pushed the deal over the line.

Everton are said to be on the lookout for class improvements this summer and Brozovic is proving to be just that.

Inter Milan will be ecstatic that they did not end up selling the player. But watching him thrive for Croatia at the World Cup will continue to give Everton fans that feeling of missing out.                       

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£17.6m on Marco Silva favourite would be waste of Everton’s resources

The Peruvian played under Silva at both Watford and Sporting and is now linked with Everton.

Mathew Nash

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As recently reported in the print edition of Correio da Manha, as relayed by Sports Witness, Everton are believed to be in the hunt for Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo this summer. The Toffees, along with ‘other English sides’ and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, are all said to be keen on the player who is valued at around €20 million (£17.6 million).

It all comes after his excellent showing in the World Cup against Denmark recently. Now, with Peru facing France later today, he will again look to impress.

But Everton would be wasting their money at £17.6 million.

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Yes, Carrillo is talented. His performance v Denmark was impressive, however, he was up against an out of position left-back in Stryger Larsen and his end product still left much to be desired.

It was a big improvement on his form at Watford. The 27-year-old was erratic for the Hornets, scoring just twice in 30 games and bagging just two assists. Those are not stats consistent with such a financial outlay.

Marco Silva knows the player well. The new Everton boss had him at Sporting and then lured him to Watford last summer.

But, despite his history with the player, Everton should steer well clear this summer.

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