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Report: Everton were keen on player who Spurs signed last summer

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The Athletic have revealed that Tottenham right-back Emerson Royal was on Everton’s radar before he completed a move to the North London club last summer.

Emerson showed some signs of promise when he operated in a back four under Nuno Espirito Santo in his first few months at Spurs.

However, since the change of system following Antonio Conte’s arrival, the Brazilian has been found wanting, particularly going forward.

Matt Doherty has now displaced the former Real Betis man as Conte’s preferred starter in the right wing-back role in recent matches.

According to reports, Tottenham are open to cashing in on Emerson this summer, just a year on from signing him, with the Spurs head coach keen on upgrading the right wing-back area (The Sun).

If The Athletic’s latest update is to be believed, Emerson could have ended up at Goodison Park if Everton had previously followed through with their interest in the player.

The report explains that the Toffees were eyeing the right-back during his time at Atletico Mineiro as Seamus Coleman’s long-term replacement.