Everton are reportedly nearing the completion of the signing of Barcelona’s French international left-back Lucas Digne as Marco Silva sets about his Goodison Park revolution.

The Toffees have some incredibly promising young talent but have been hamstrung by an ageing, immobile defence for a number of years now so the overhaul Silva is beginning is long overdue.

Leighton Baines has been an brilliant servant to the Merseyside club, relentlessly motoring up and down the left flank and whipping in crosses but he has been slowing down in recent seasons and the time has come to replace the Scouser.

The move for Digne certainly represents an expensive and ambitious attempt to do exactly that but we asked Toffees fans whether they think the Frenchman is an upgrade on Baines.

The optimism is clear; 78 per cent of Everton fans believe that the man expected to sign on the dotted line is an improvement on the Englishman, as shown by the full poll results below…

Sam Preston