Everton fail in their pursuit of £12.7 million French prospect as South coast side win race

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Everton have been extremely dormant in the summer transfer window since the arrival of James Tarkowski. The Toffees have been trying to sign players to upgrade the squad but the financial limitations are resulting in players slipping away. Bordeaux forward Sekou Mara is another player that the Toffees have failed to sign.

Everton want to focus on bringing young players who have the talent and will have a future resale value. In attack, Richarlison’s void is still to be filled but Everton are running into problems in signing a replacement for the Brazilian.

The Royal Blues were seriously interested in signing Mara, as per 90min. Even Newcastle United were keeping tabs on the 19 year old but Southampton has agreed on a deal to sign Mara, managing to beat the competition for the young Frenchman.

Mara burst onto the scene in France last season, netting seven goals in 34 Ligue 1 games, becoming Bordeaux’s third highest goal scorer last season. Bordeaux were relegated at the end of the season and the financial troubles caused them to drop to the third tier of French football and the threat of liquidation still lingers.

Everton miss out on Sekou Mara

As per the report, the South coast English side has agreed to pay in the region of €15 million to acquire the services of Mara. An agreement has been reached between both the clubs and negotiations on personal terms are ongoing.

Even though Everton never launched an official bid, they held strong interest in the 19 year old who could have been the star of tomorrow and have a greater resale value. This is not the first time that Everton have failed in the pursuit of their target.

Everton were one of the first clubs to be linked to Oleksandr Zinchenko but Arsenal managed to sign the Ukrainian. Armando Broja is touted as a possible Richarlison replacement but Everton were slower than West Ham in reacting and submitting an offer. Now, the Hammers have managed to sign Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo as Broja is likely to stay at Chelsea.

The fans are getting frustrated with the board and the higher authority at the club. Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell have been helpless in the transfer window as finances still remain a hurting point. The £60 million from the Richarlison sale will go into balancing the books which leaves Everton with just a little bit of room to make signings.

The first Premier League game of the season is less than a fortnight away and if the Toffees do not act fast, they will be left with an unreliable squad.

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