David Moyes and Everton are in the process of shoring up their defense, one of their goals as they start thinking about improving the club for next season.
After the scoreless draw on Saturday removed any hopes of catching Liverpool for the seventh spot and a place in Europe next season, Everton now needs to set their sights on getting better for 2010-11.
The first area that needs to be addressed is defense, and it appears that Moyes may be on the verge of taking a very nice step in that direction.
News of the World is reporting that Moyes and Everton believe they can secure the services of Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha for around £3.75 million.
A four-year deal worth about £30,000 a week is being prepared for the 23-year-old defender.
Onuoha has had a frustrating time for City. Playing time has not always been consistent. Roberto Mancini, manager of Manchester City, wants to keep the up-and-coming defender, but knows Everton can provide him with the games he needs.
Onuoha plays a center defense for City, but it is reported that Moyes has more of a right back slot for him at Everton.
Everton, although they finished strong this season, started out poorly. A rash of injuries were to blame surely for the poor start of the season, but when they needed the defense to step up, it fell a little short.
Onuoha would add quality and depth to a team lacking both in defense. With world-class midfielders and forwards, and a world-class keeper in Tim Howard, if Moyes could improve the defense there is no reason to think Everton couldn't compete at the very top of the Premier League next season.