By Will Butcher
Everton are short favourites to sign Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon in the summer transfer window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Bet Victor price the Dutch star at 2/1 to join Ronald Koeman’s Toffees, as he continues to inspire Steve Agnew’s side in their fight against relegation from the top flight.
The 26-year-old midfielder has shined in a side that have struggled after gaining promotion to the Premier League last season, adapting quickly to the rigours of England’s top flight.
Serie A giants Napoli are considered second favourites at 4/1, while Premier League duo West Ham and Stoke are also given relatively short odds at 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.
Another 10 clubs from Italy’s top flight, the Premier League and the Dutch Eredivisie are also credited with a price, including the likes of AC Milan, Leicester and Ajax.
Middlesbrough’s number 14 joined the newly-promoted Teesside outfit in the summer from Serie A outfit Atalanta for almost £13million, only a year after leaving SC Heerenveen.
Known for his relentless work ethic in the middle of the park, de Roon has scored five goals and has an average pass accuracy of 79% according to Squakwa during his 33 appearances.
De Roon’s form this season has not gone unnoticed, after the midfielder earned his first Holland cap in November with a two-minute cameo role against Luxembourg.
The Toffees currently have an abundance of central midfield options available to them, following the breakthrough of Tom Davies and the January signing of Morgan Schneiderlin.
Combine those two Toffees stars with the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, and de Roon will have his work cut out to earn a place in the side should he join.
It remains to be seen how much the north east club would charge for their star midfielder, as he has a contract at the Riverside Stadium until the summer of 2020.
In other Everton transfer news, this goal machine is also being reportedly targeted by the Merseyside club but has a release clause worth £50.7million.