Marco Silva has targeted Germany international Marvin Plattenhardt as he looks to begin an overhaul of his squad at Goodison Park, according to Sky Sports.

The Portuguese boss has had enough time to assess his options and work out where he needs to strengthen, ahead of what is a big season for the Toffees.

With their support base less than enthused by the football that Everton played last term, the former Hull City and Watford manager knows that he has to introduce an exciting brand of football to Goodison, while maintaining winning momentum.

As one of the poorer attacking sides in the Premier League in the previous campaign, Silva will be fully aware that he will need to work on his forward line in this transfer window, but there is a bigger priority than that.

An area of the pitch Everton have struggled with for a while has been at left-back. With Leighton Baines spending much of last season on the sidelines with injury, Sam Allardyce had to employ players out of position there to make up for a shortage of options.

With rumours that the veteran defender could leave Goodison for Major League Soccer this summer, the need to bring someone in is becoming a priority.

The man Silva has identified is Hertha Berlin full-back Plattenhardt, who is currently in Russia where he will hope to play a role for Germany in what he hopes will be a successful defence of their World Cup title.

The 26-year-old made 33 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit last season, and his form was such that clubs like Watford were also linked to his services.

Should the German have a decent World Cup his stock may rise which could see Everton facing some stern competitive for his services, but with money seemingly no issue with the Merseyside club these days that should not concern them too much.


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