Toffees sweet on Bassila
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton have held a long-term interest in the 26-year-old and are believed to be ready to make a formal enquiry when the transfer window reopens next month.
The Toffees are believed to be ready to offer Alex Nyarko in exchange for the former French Under-21 international.
Bassila has impressed this season for Strasbourg and his performances have caught the attention of a host of clubs.
The player's agent, Monte Carlo-based Willie McKay revealed that Everton have expressed an interest in the player before and that Bassila is keen on a return to England after failing to establish himself at West Ham.
"We have spoken before about a move to Everton, but nothing came of it," said McKay.
"There has been more interest and he would love the chance to play in England again.
"He had a small stint in England before with West Ham, but it proved to be a disaster because of injuries and personal problems.
"He is a big friend of Freddie Kanoute and he would jump at the chance to try his luck in England again.
"He is a lot stronger physically and mentally and he is the captain of his club.
"He has done the business for Strasbourg at venues such as Lyon, Marseille and PSG, showing he can perform at the highest level and he feels he could do it in England."