Other than finding a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, one of Ronald Koeman’s main priorities in the summer should be finding players to add some depth at full-back.

With an ageing Leighton Banes and an injured Seamus Coleman as their starters in the roles, and only Mason Holgate to realistically back up either, it’s becoming a necessity.

Furthermore, neither Luke Garbutt and Brendan Galloway have impressed away on loan, suggesting they might not have done enough to earn a future at Goodison Park.


This is why when Gazzetta dello Sport hint at an Everton interest in Inter Milan’s Yuto Nagatomo, it isn’t all that surprising.

The Japan international has been with the Serie A side since 2011, but, despite signing a new contract at the beginning of the season, has only really been a backup there this season.

Now 30, a change of scenery might be necessary, and a move to the Premier League could be on his agenda.

Unlikely to be all that expensive, Nagatomo could prove himself a useful squad player for Ronald Koeman, even if there are probably younger and potentially better players out there for him to look at.

This could also easily be an agent trying to attract interest in his client by whispering a name to the famous Italian newspaper, and we’ll be keeping an eye on any future mentions in the next couple of weeks.

The defender also was linked with a move to Crystal Palace in January.