By Alex Stevens
Everton have a 25 per cent chance of signing Kevin Strootman in the January transfer window, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim the Merseysiders have a reasonable chance of completing a deal for the Dutch midfield anchorman.
It is said that the deal could happen because Everton are looking for a long-term replacement for Gareth Barry and Roma are willing to sell players at the right price.
The Mirror claimed last month that the Koeman will have a significant war chest with which to strengthen the Everton squad in the January transfer window and that Strootman tops his shortlist to replace Barry.
Strootman, 26, has been plagued by injuries and has struggled to make a success of his stay in Serie A due to two serious knee problems.
He has suffered issues with his cruciate knee ligament and Koeman has been waiting to see how he recovers.
“Had he not suffered so many injuries in recent years, the Dutch midfielder might already be playing in the Premier League,” the ESPN FC report says. “With Everton looking for a long-term replacement for Barry and Roma’s willingness to sell players at the right price (especially one who will turn 27 next year), this could be a good match.
“With Radja Nainggolan making it clear he wants to stay at Roma long term, the emergence of Leandro Paredes, as well as the fact Florenzi is more comfortable in midfield, the team would be able to offset the loss of Strootman.
“If this move comes to fruition, however, it is more likely in the summer, and by then, there could be more suitors.”
The Mirror report that Strootman was on Louis Van Gaal’s radar during the Dutchman’s time at Manchester United but the player was sidelined for long periods.
Koeman has been impressed with Barry since taking over at Goodison Park and the midfield veteran has continued to be a first-team regular.
He has started all 11 of Everton’s Premier League matches this season and even chipped in with two goals.
By contrast,ex-PSV Eindhoven midfielder Strootman will have 18 months to go on his current deal when the next transfer window opens.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have been given permission to hold striker talks after having a bid accepted.