Report: Everton interested in signing ‘special’ defender Japhet Tanganga but face competition for his signature

Everton have an offer on the table for Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga.

The ‘special’ 24-year-old is nearing the exit door at Spurs and is likely to leave Ange Postecoglu’s side before Friday’s deadline.

Indeed, the Blues have been linked with Tanganga in recent weeks as Sean Dyche looks to reinforce his backline, and the Blues have tabled an offer for the defender.

That is according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, who report that while Tanganga has multiple offers from the Premier League, he would prefer a move to Serie A.

Premier League new boys Luton Town are also interested in the versatile defender, as are French side Olympique Lyonnais, though the player will reportedly need convincing to join any of the interested parties over a move to Italy.

Torino could be a potential destination for the 24-year-old, while Inter consider him their ‘plan C’ should alternative transfer plans fall through.

Everton have strengthened in attack but must also bolster their defence with players like Tanganga

A defender is a must for Sean Dyche before the summer window shuts on Friday, with the Blues conceding six goals in the opening three Premier League games of the season.

Indeed, the 4-0 drubbing at Villa Park emphasized Everton’s frailties as an error strewn afternoon in the Midlands highlighted the need for defensive reinforcements this window.

The introduction of 21-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite to the starting XI last weekend in place of Michael Keane was a step in the right direction, with the young centre-back putting in a superb display.

However, the Toffees are short on both numbers and quality at the back and recruiting another defender would add an element of depth to Dyche’s options that his squad currently lacks.

Borussia Monchengladbach defender Nico Elvedi has also been linked with a move to Goodison Park this week and has is reportedly available for as little as £4.3m according to German outlet BILD.

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