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Everton look to begin summer bargain shopping with Swansea midfielder

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Blues linked with Ki Sung Yeung

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If recent reports are to be believed, Everton could spend the upcoming summer shopping a bit differently than last year. While huge money deals (Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson) were the name of the game, it seems that the Blues might want to curb their spending somewhat in the months to come.

There was the news that Everton are expanding their search for players into South America, and now it looks like the club may return to Wales and acquire yet another Swansea City man. Sky Sports are about as reliable as it gets:

I’m sure that Ki Sung-yeung is a fine person and a good teammate, but this is a preposterously poor idea from Everton. Who is making these decisions? Moshiri? Walsh? Kenwright? Allardyce? Another version of the robot mascot from Monday evening?

Ki is nearly 30 years old. Swansea are the biggest club that he’s ever played for, and they’re terrible. He’s never been anything more than a rotational piece at the lower end of the table. Why can’t Beni Baningime fill that depth midfielder role? Kieran Dowell? Post-injury James McCarthy (okay, fine)?

In a vacuum, there’s nothing wrong with signing a free agent, and there’s nothing wrong with signing a depth player. However, if Everton sign a midfielder, he likely needs to be a starting level ball-mover, not a 30 year old from the same place the Blues got Ashley Williams.

Please put me out of my misery.