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The Toffees are looking to strengthen their defense with a familiar face for the boss.

Portugal Euro 2016 Victory Parade Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Rumors of moves for new players have been surfacing after assistant, Erwin Koeman mentioned that Everton would be active in the transfer market this coming week. The latest rumor involves, go figure, another Southampton player - the captain Jose Fonte.

According to The Daily Record, the Toffees have offered Southampton £9mn for the Portugese international’s services. They are not alone though as the same report also states that Jose Mourinho is considering bringing the player to Manchester United to further strengthen his squad.

Fonte, 32 is coming off of a successful European Championship campaign with Portugal where they beat the host nation France, 1-0 in a fittingly odd finale to an odd tournament. He has been at St. Mary’s since 2010 making 267 appearances for the Saints.

The addition of another defender should help strengthen a back line that was one of the weakest in the Premier League last season. It also may be a sign that new manager, Ronald Koeman is preparing for the departure of John Stones to Manchester City.

For what it’s worth, Transfermarkt currently has Fonte valued at his highest point ever at £4.25m. A valuable player for the Saints, he is under contract through June, 2018.

It is easy to draw several connections between Koeman and players from Southampton to positions of need in Everton’s squad. Are all those moves going to happen? Likely not but it’s understandable that the new boss would look to bring in players that he’s already comfortable with and who understand the system that he runs.

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