Everton confident of loaning Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City but face Newcastle and West Ham competition

Newcastle United and West Ham United are also interested in taking the 26-year-old France international on loan

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
@mjcritchley
Wednesday 31 January 2018 12:28
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Eliaquim Mangala will add depth to Sam Allardyce's Everton defence
Eliaquim Mangala will add depth to Sam Allardyce's Everton defence

Everton are confident of completing the loan signing of Eliaquim Mangala, though they face Premier League competition for the Manchester City centre-back.

Newcastle United and West Ham United are also interested in taking the 26-year-old France international on a temporary basis.

Mangala has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad following the £57m arrival of Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday.

Sam Allardyce, the Everton manager, had wanted to sign a left back this month, with long-term absentee Leighton Baines still out injured and Cuco Martina acting as a makeshift.

It seems as though Allardyce will have to settle for a left-sided centre-half in Mangala, who will provide competition for Michael Keane, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka and Mason Holgate.

Mangala joined City from Porto for £42m back in 2014 but has failed to live up to his sizeable price tag in the years since and spent last season out on loan at Valencia.

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