During the summer, Djibril Sidibe was linked to several Premier League clubs, as it became apparent the French fullback would be leaving Lille. Despite the links there wasn’t a lot of talk of offers, but Everton were said to have made an informal one.

In May, Lille newspaper La Voix Du Nord reported that Everton had made an approach for Sidibe, even though they didn’t have a manager at the time. Everton were said to have presented to Lille an informal offer of €13m, but the French club weren’t happy with the amount.

Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 08.31.02Lille were holding out for something more like €15m, and the player ended up joining AS Monaco instead.

He hasn’t given up a dream to play in England and L’Equipe on Tuesday quoted the player as saying: “I preferred to stay in Ligue 1 to get the most chances, and from next year in the Premier League, because it’s a league that I’m really attracted to.”

Arsenal have also been linked to the player, and Everton would no doubt have further competition next time around, and likely have to pay more. A lot will depend on what Ronald Koeman thinks, he may well have his own fullback targets.