By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper in January, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that Koeman is a big fan of Southampton stopper Fraser Forster, but is fully aware that he is unlikely to be able to tempt the 28-year-old to jump ship.
According to the report, a move for Forster would be “near impossible” in January, as the Newcastle academy graduate would only leave St. Mary’s for a club offering Champions League football.
Merseyside giants Everton already have Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles on the books at Goodison Park, but Koeman is ready to add more competition.
New signing, Stekelenburg, is considered as only a short-term signing after turning 34 earlier this season despite his noteworthy form in between the Toffees sticks. Spaniard Robles’ form for Everton is considered a cause for concern.
Because of this, Koeman is reportedly ready to enter the market in a month’s time for a new goalkeeper as they look to stop a dismal run of form.
Everton have secured just one win in nine league and cup encounters, with only one clean sheet coming in that time.
Football Insider verdict:
It is obvious that Everton are in desperate need of a new goalkeeper. Stekelenburg showed that he can produce the kind of quality that is needed at the start of the season, but as he begins to age, it is becoming apparent that other options are needed in the long term. A successful move for Forster would be a huge coup for the Toffees, and they have the money to pull it off. However, Koeman will have to use his best persuasive techniques to convince the former Celtic star to move to Merseyside. Other options could be looked at by Koeman, who tried to sign Manchester City outcast Joe Hart towards the end of the summer window.
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