Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson would be a good signing for Everton during the January transfer window, according to former star Tony Cottee.

The ex-Toffee, who is a pundit for Sky Sports, believes the club still need to look at rebuilding the side and the defence should be an area of concern.

Everton spent big money during the summer in adding quality players to the Goodison Park outfit, including defender Michael Keane.

The former Burnley man arrived for an initial fee of £25million, which could rise to £30m, however, he has struggled to make the impact that would have been first desired.

Everton also have Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka at the back, but their defence is one of the oldest in the Premier League and Cottee is of the opinion that Sam Allardyce should add some youth to it, especially for the long-term.

“I think Everton badly need a new central defender to replace Jagielka and Williams and to build a relationship with Michael Keane,” he wrote in his regular column for Sporting Bet.

“I think Alfie Mawson could be a good signing for Everton.”

The Swansea defender is thought to be available for a fee of around £25m and could be brought to Everton this month, however, a deal could be difficult to strike with the Swans.

The Welsh outfit are currently sitting bottom of the Premier League and Carlos Carvalhal will be desperate to keep his best players at the club as they look to fight for survival.

Swansea know how vital Mawson is to their side, however, with a host of teams including Everton thought to be interested in the 23-year-old, they could have a battle on their hands to keep him at the Liberty Stadium.

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