Everton took a late move to sign a Premier League defender on Deadline Day, according to The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath.
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Who has Everton signed?
The Toffees have been reported to have been trying to get Kyle Walker-Peters out of Southampton in the final hours of the transfer window. However, the Saints had no interest in selling the full-back.
McGrath confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “Everton made a request for Kyle Walker-Peters in the last few days of the window. Southampton didn’t make a deal.”
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What were Walker-Peters’ stats like last season?
Walker-Peters After his final move from Tottenham, he established himself in the Southampton first team last season and played 30 top division games for the South Coast Club.
According to WhoScored, he topped the team’s rankings for completed tackles (83), and he was also among the top two for successful dribbles (46).
He finished the campaign with an average WhoScored Match rating of 6.84 – only James Ward-Prowse (7.07), Oriol Romeu (6.93) and Jannik Vestergaard (6.89) received better marks in the Southampton squad .
What was said about Walker-Peters?
The 24-year-old made a positive impression in his first season at St. Mary’s and was praised by former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie back in May.
Speaking to This is Futbol, Hendrie welcomed the Southampton recruitment and admitted that he would have liked to see Walker-Peters at Villa Park.
He said: “Walker-Peters was a great signing. I would have had him in Villa all day. I feel like he’s downplaying that right side, a very, very good player.
“And he’s proven it for Southampton this season and I’m happy for him too.”
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Would he have been a good addition to Everton’s squad?
Everton With Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne, they currently have two experienced international players in their full-back positions. However, your backup options are extremely limited.
Jonjoe Kenny is an alternative to Coleman but has been loaned out multiple times, suggesting the club are not fully convinced of him. As a left-back, there is no obvious replacement for Digne following the departures of Thierry Small and Niels Nkounkou this summer.
Walker-Peters can play in both full-back roles, as evidenced by his move to left-back in the first few weeks of the season this season. He would have been the perfect match for Coleman and Digne but has also shown that he is good enough to start games in the Premier League.
With that in mind, Everton may be a little disappointed that they failed to come to an agreement with Southampton for their services on Deadline Day.
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