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Rumour: Everton Offer Marseille’s Mandanda Three-Year Deal?

stevemandandaEverton have reportedly offered Marseille’s Steve Mandanda a three-year contract, according to Foot Mercato.

Reports in France have linked the goalkeeper – a free agent this summer – with a potential move to Goodison Park in recent weeks.

And the French publication claims that new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is set to swoop for Mandanda as his new number one between the sticks.

Fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace are also rumoured to be interested in signing Mandanda, but it is Everton that are said to have the upper hand in the battle to secure his signature.

The Blues are on the lookout for a new keeper after Tim Howard joined MLS outfit Colorado Rapids and, in doing so, ended his 10-year spell on Merseyside in May.

Joel Robles is currently the only senior keeper in Everton’s first-team squad, and Koeman is keen to rectify this area of the field by making a seasoned shot stopper one of his priority signings.

Mandanda has been an ever present at Marseille since joining the Ligue 1 club from Le Havre for £2 million in July 2008.

The 31-year-old has gone on to amass 439 appearances for the French outfit over eight seasons, including 50 appearances last season.

Mandanda has won one French league title and three French league cups during his time at the Stade Velodrome, and has also been club captain for a number of seasons.

A 22-times capped international for France, Mandanda is currently on international duty with his national side at the Euro 2016 championships as back-up for France number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.
  

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