By Sean Fisher

23rd Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Everton always watching as Rodrigo Becao transfer saga continues

Everton are keeping a keen eye on Udinese defender Rodrigo Becao and his contract negotiations with the Italian club, according to Tutto Udinese.

Becao’s contract with Udinese runs until 2024, but if they can’t settle on an agreement of a new deal then the Serie A outfit may feel obliged to sell rather than lose him for free.

The report suggests a £17.25million deal could be on the cards should Udinese decide to part ways with the 26-year-old Brazilian.

But the Toffees aren’t the only Premier League side “always on alert” for Becao, with Tutto Udinese also reporting that West Ham are “observing the situation”.

Inter Milan are also mentioned as a possible buyer should Becao become available on the market.

Defensive resilience

Frank Lampard’s biggest changes since he arrived at Everton have been in defence. Clearly not a fan of Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate or Ben Godfrey, the former Chelsea boss snapped up both Conor Coady and James Tarkowski at a moment’s notice.

But after being left disappointed by his second-string team against Bournemouth in the EFL Cup, it’s hardly a surprise that Lampard wants even more depth and quality in that position.

Becao certainly ticks the boxes, and he’s been a standout performer for Udinese this season. He missed a large portion of October and November through injury and his impact was clear as results immediately dropped off in his absence.

His leadership and physicality makes him the perfect style of player to suit Premier League football, and he’d be a direct upgrade on Mina – who looks to be headed for the exit at Goodison.

The defence certainly isn’t the only area that needs addressing in January and the summer, but it gives Lampard another player he can trust at the back and also opens up the potential to play a three-at-the-back system alongside Coady and Tarkowski.