Everton have agreed to sign AS Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe on a season-long loan, according to L’Equipe.
The World Cup winner is expected to be announced officially before Thursday deadline, and he will be looking to prove his worth and earn a permanent move.
Sidibe was on the radar of the Premier League’s bigwigs two summers ago after he helped the Principality club to the Ligue 1 title.
However, he has suffered a sharp dip in form in the last 12 months, and while injuries could partly be blamed, Sidibe hasn’t particularly impressed when fully fit.
The 27-year-old was close to moving to Atletico Madrid last summer, but is now set to join Everton in the coming hours.
Here is how some fans reacted to the reports on Twitter:
Gana Gueye was 27 when we signed him. We’ve just quadrupled our money. It isn’t as simple as age, particularly for defensive players who tend to have longer shelf lives. You do need some ‘finished articles’. I trust Marcel’s judgement.
— Peter Morris (@petermorris1878) August 5, 2019
Loving this window
— kinky kean (@marvellousmoise) August 5, 2019
Well that's out of the blue but I'll happily take a world cup winner
— your favorite social Democratic scouser (@mrclatimer1985) August 5, 2019
Wow wow wow if this is real
— Cliff (@CJ27__) August 5, 2019
He’s decent tbh might even get in ahead of Coleman
— Harry (@Harrys1878Nsno) August 5, 2019
Bro no doubt he’ll end up getting Coleman’s spot this guy is class
— FreeZaha (@gbamin2) August 5, 2019
DIGNE ZOUMA KEANE DJIBRIL
might just happen.. wow?
— ???????? ??????? ? (@AlphaAlien2) August 5, 2019
Coleman seem to need more resting than before,they Could rotate
— Bjørnen (@Evertoningen) August 5, 2019
"World Cup winner".
That's all we need to know!?
— ToffeeDoug (@toffeedoug) August 5, 2019
Manager Marco Silva needs a quality competition and cover for Seamus Coleman, and the World Cup-winning France international fits the bill.
He brings experience to the table and should he rediscover his lost form, he definitely will take Goodison Park and the English top-flight by storm.