Everton look to sign Rui Patricio for bargain fee

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Everton have been linked with big money signings since their new owner took charge, with Juan Mata from Manchester United one of the more obscure links.

However, they are looking to pick up perhaps one of the biggest bargains of the transfer window, as they turn their attentions to Sporting Lisbon's Rui Patricio, according to The Sun.

Everton's old number one Tim Howard has recently moved to MLS side Colorado Rapids, and new coach Ronald Koeman clearly believes that neither Joel Robles or new signing Maarten Stekelenburg are a viable option for the number one jersey if Everton are going to match his ambitions for the coming season.

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Patricio has been linked with clubs such as AS Monaco and AS Roma in recent months, but is said to favour a move to England and sees Everton as an ideal club to reach the next level of his career. 

The Portuguese shot-stopper can leave his current club in Lisbon for a fee of around £6 million, and his performances at Euro 2016 will have left no doubt in Evertonian's minds that he is worth the small fee, especially in the modern day market. 

Patricio, 28, was voted the best shop-stopper of the competition, which has pushed him above the likes of Joe Hart on Koeman's wishlist this summer.

There are also rumours of Koeman wishing to bring Portuguese centre-back Jose Fonte with him to his new club if they sell John Stones to Manchester City, but they're nothing more than rumours at this present moment. 

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Priorities at the moment, however, are regarding Everton's coaching staff, as they are closing in on Leicester City assistant manager and head of recruitment Steve Walsh.

Walsh is mainly known as the man who brought Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and N'Golo Kante to the club's attention.

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