Newcastle United and Leicester City are reportedly considering launching a swoop for Everton defender Lucas Digne in the January transfer window.
According to a report from the Mirror, Everton are ready to part ways with Lucas Digne in the upcoming transfer window, with Newcastle United and Leicester City waiting in the wings to sign the Frenchman.
Signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2018, Digne quickly became a key player for Everton, taking over from Leighton Baines as the first-choice left-back. The 28-year-old has impressed with his attacking intent and energy down the left flank, racking up six goals and 20 assists from 127 games for the Toffees.
However, Digne had a falling out with new manager Rafael Benitez earlier this month after arguing over the team’s style of play under the Spaniard. It has led to his ouster from the first-team squad with the left-back missing each of their last three matches. And Everton are already preparing for life without the former AS Roma star as they are set to sign Vitaliy Mykolenko.
With Digne’s time at Goodison Park set to end, clubs are queuing to sign him in the January transfer window. There has been interest from Chelsea, who are looking to bring in a new left-back following Ben Chilwell’s injury. Serie A giants Juventus are also keen and are believed to have made an enquiry for the French international.
Now, Newcastle United and Leicester City have also entered the fray for the signing of the 28-year-old Digne.
Newcastle’s interest in the Frenchman makes a lot of sense considering that Jamal Lewis has flattered to deceive since he arrived from Norwich City, while Paul Dummett has struggled with injuries for a while now. And with Matt Ritchie not a natural in the position, someone like Digne would be a major upgrade on the Magpies’ current options in the position.
As for Leicester City, they bolstered the left-back slot with the addition of Ryan Bertrand, who signed on a free transfer from Southampton. Brendan Rodgers already has youngster Luke Thomas, who is getting better with each passing game, as an option, while Timothy Castagne has also been used on the left side of the defence quite a fair bit.
So, making another addition in the area, in the form of Digne, would be a redundant move by the Foxes. Nonetheless, they are believed to be on the hunt for the Frenchman’s signing along with Newcastle and several other clubs. What now remains to be seen is who among these suitors comes out on top in pursuit of the Everton star.