Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman as a replacement for Toffees veteran Gareth Barry, according to The Mirror.

The Merseyside outfit have had joy in the transfer market in recruiting central midfielders of late, with Idrissa Gueye a hit at Goodison Park since joining in the summer from Aston Villa.

However, with 35-year-old Barry’s powers waning and James McCarthy seemingly surplus to requirements, Everton may look to buy another player to operate in the boiler room.

Strootman is adjudged as a mercurial talent and has starred for club and country, but the 26-year-old has suffered from a number of serious knee injuries over the years.

The former PSV Eindhoven man has repeatedly been linked with a move to Manchester United, with his perceived lack of fitness touted as the only reason the Netherlands international did not end up at Old Trafford.

Strootman is back playing for Roma this season and has started seven Serie A games in 2016-17, scoring once in the process.

The Dutchman could well be sold by the Italian giants, as they possess an array of midfield riches other than him.


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