Everton close on Mangala

Everton are expected to be active before Wednesday’s 11pm transfer deadline and the main focus has become singing Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City on loan.

Sam Allardyce has been anxious to sign a left-footed defender, given that Leighton Baines and Ramiro Funes Mori are injured, and Mangala is an attainable target.

Should Everton, who have confidence of getting the deal over the line, it would be another blow to Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who first inquired about signing Mangala last May and has wanted him in this window, too.

City broke the club’s transfer record to land Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday for £57m.

That may free up Mangala to switch to Merseyside with the French defender having only made 15 appearances for Pep Guardiola so far this season.

There are also likely to be some departures from Goodison Park today but it is unlikely Davy Klaassen will be among them.

He has been linked with Napoli but is not keen on moving to Serie A. Lazio had also expressed an interest in the Holland international last week.

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