Unless they buy Djibril Sidibé from AS Monaco using their option to do so, Everton could find themselves in a situation where they give Jonjoe Kenny a chance.
The 23-year-old has spent the season on loan to Schalke 04 with mitigating success, enjoying himself while not being convincing enough to warrant them making the move permanent.
That’s why we’ve seen a couple of right-backs being linked with a move to Goodison Park, even if that isn’t the club’s main priority, with Ola Aina the latest, who is also of interest to West Ham.
The Nigeria international is currently at Torino, where he was transferred following a successful loan spell from Chelsea, but now could be the time for a return to England.
Reports have messily bounced back between England and Italy, seemingly starting in the latter before being rehashed on our shores, but the general consensus appears to be the Serie A side being willing to sell at the right offer.
The latest comes from Calciomercato.com, who explain what Torino are after.
Mentioning the interest of both West Ham and Everton (although how truthful these are remains to be seen), the Italian website explain the club’s president, Urbano Cairo, would only sell for a figure superior to the €10m they originally spent on him.
In fact, he would be willing to part ways with Aina against a fee of around €12-13m, making him very affordable for both the Toffees and the Hammers.
The latter, of course, are now a bit stuck in the position after releasing Pablo Zabaleta, leaving them with Ryan Fredericks and youngster Ben Johnson to finish the season.
Investing in a player who knows English football well, having risen through the ranks at Chelsea before enjoying a good loan spell at Hull City.