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Everton targeting Palace full-back

Everton have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as they look for a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman.

The Irishman has just passed his 30th birthday, and although he is still one of the first names on the team sheet for Marco Silva, as he demonstrated with his goal against Brighton on the weekend, he will not go on forever, and Everton are preparing for the long-term.

Wan-Bissaka, who is 20, has been at Crystal Palace since the age of 11, and, since breaking into their first team last season, has made the right-back position at Selhurst Park his own. Born in Croydon to Congolese parents, he played a solitary under-20 international for the Democratic Republic of Congo before switching his allegiance to England, making his under-21 debut against the Netherlands in September.

Palace are unlikely to allow Wan-Bissaka to leave the club in January, reports The Sun, with a move more likely at the end of the season, possibly involving a swap deal including Everton’s exciting young forward prospect Ademola Lookman.

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