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Three summer signings Everton must make rediscover European football

Josh Challies

Everton endured a turbulent campaign last season and Marco Silva has a stern test ahead of him to lead the Toffees back into European football.

Sam Allardyce and Ronald Koeman both had unsuccessful short stints at Goodison Park last season and Silva, who was identified as Everton’s ideal Koeman replacement before Watford blocked a move, needs to spend if European football is to return to the blue half of Merseyside.

Thankfully, Everton have money to spend in the market and these three signings would be the ideal recruits for Silva’s side.

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Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Everton are involved in a fierce hunt for the Ivory Coast international alongside Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, the Daily Mail state, and Goodison Park would certainly be the ideal venue for the former Manchester United man to shine.

 “I don’t want, and the club doesn’t need, to sign a big number of players. It’s not what we need to do, we need to sort out the number of players first and then be assertive and attack the market, take the right decisions and sign the right players”

Marco Silva, on the summer window ahead for Everton.

With Dortmund or Spurs, first-team football would not be guaranteed but Zaha would become one of the first names on the team-sheet if he were to join Marco Silva’s side, becoming a crucial part of the Toffees’ attacking ranks.

At 25, Zaha is entering the prime years of his career but needs regular action if he is to fulfil his potential and Everton tick all of the boxes – while the exciting winger does the same for the Merseyside outfit.

Yerry Mina – Barcelona

After starring with Colombia at the 2018 World Cup, The Sun claims Everton and Tottenham are both pursuing a deal for the Barcelona centre-back and the Catalan giants are prepared to approve a loan deal as they seek to adhere to La Liga’s non-EU player guidelines.

This is an opportunity that Everton cannot let pass them by as the 23-year-old showed his capabilities in Russia, as Colombia conceded just once in the three matches where he played – a penalty scored by England’s Harry Kane.

Mina also showed his capability as an attacking threat from set-pieces by scoring three goals, including a last-gasp header against the Three Lions to take the round-of-16 time into extra-time and then a penalty shoot-out.

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Kieran Tierney

BBC Sport says Everton have ended their interest in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney but Marco Silva needs to pick up the phone again to conclude a deal, even if it means paying in excess of £25 million to persuade the Scottish champions into a sale.

Celtic are standing firm but Everton need a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, now 33, and Tierney would be a tremendous addition to the squad – while he also has the ability to develop into one of the finest defenders in the league.

While a move would be costly, Everton should be aware that Tierney is likely to command a profit in the coming years if the Toffees were to look for a sale as he has already been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

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