By Harvey Byrne
Everton have launched a move to take former Arsenal number one Wojciech Szczesny on a season-long loan deal, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Ronald Koeman has targeted the Poland international as the club’s new first choice goalkeeper following the departure of the long serving Tim Howard at the end of last season.
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport had claimed that Arsenal and Roma had agreed the terms of a deal for Szczesny last Wednesday, but this latest report states that Everton are keen to hijack the deal at the eleventh hour.
Koeman is in the market for a new goalkeeper after being left with Joel Robles on his Goodison Park arrival and signing Maarten Stekelenburg, 33, from Fulham.
Koeman used Stekelenburg as a back-up at Southampton last season during a loan and Szczesny would be regarded as ahead of the Dutch keeper in the pecking order.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper spent the 2015-16 on loan in Italy at Roma, making 34 appearances under both Rudi Garcia and Luciano Spalletti as the club finished third.
Szczesny’s route back into the Gunners side has been blocked by Petr Cech, with Arsene Wenger expected to stick with the veteran goalkeeper as his number one next season.
Szczesny, who has been capped 27 times by his country, started out at Legia Warsaw before moving to Arsenal aged 16 and has subsequently made 181 senior appearances under Arsene Wenger.
The former Brentford loanee was included in Poland’s Euro 2016 squad but made only one appearance after falling down the pecking order behind former Arsenal teammate Lukasz Fabianski.
Since Koeman joined the Goodison Park club from Southampton earlier in the summer he has only managed to bring in senior goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who is expected to be used as a backup option next season.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have launched a £9million bid for Southampton captain Jose Fonte.