Everton launch late bid for Serie A defender with 39 international caps - BBC journalist
By Danny Wright
Everton have tabled a deadline day bid for Napoli and Croatia defender Ivan Strinic, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC World Service broadcaster Steve Crossman claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the Toffees have launched a late summer offer for Strinic, 30, as Ronald Koeman looks to add a new left-back to his squad.
Everton have made a bid for Napoli defender Ivan Strinic and Newcastle have made a bid for Napoli keeper Rafael Cabral
— Steve Crossman (@Steve_Crossman) August 31, 2017
It has been widely reported in recent weeks that Koeman is looking to add extra cover to his rearguard before Thursday’s transfer cut-off, but Strinic is a natural left-back, meaning that he could be seen as someone who can offer competition to Leighton Baines.
The 39-times capped Croatia international had a very tough time at Napoli in Serie A last season as he made just 15 appearances in all competitions, however in all but one of his matches, his side avoided defeat.
Everton have had a very busy summer so far but despite getting most of their deals done as early as possible, it seems like there still may be some late drama on the blue half of Merseyside.
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Football Insider Verdict
Everton could definitely do with an extra player at left-back this season and Strinic could be a brilliant addition for Koeman. Baines isn’t getting any younger and the only other real left-back option at Goodison Park is Luke Garbutt, who isn’t really up to standard with the first-team squad. Strinic has bags of experience at both club and international level and could be available on the cheap given his squad status at Napoli. It would be a very shrewd late swoop for Koeman, who looks to be serving up some late action at Everton.