“Tom Cleverley can play there and Ross Barkley can play deeper.

“It is probably their strongest area so it does surprise me (that Everton are in for Schneiderlin) but with Koeman having worked with him before and wanting to bring in his own players, he obviously sees him better in the team.”

The Everton squad currently contains Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles for the goalkeeper spot, while Romelu Lukaku is considered the top striker at the club by some distance.

The experienced Dutch shot stopper has been Koeman’s number one this season, but an injury suffered against Liverpool means that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Lukaku has six more goals than second top scorer Ross Barkley this campaign with the Belgian on nine and the attacking midfielder on a minimal three in all competitions.

Everton will be keen to push on from their poor ninth placing in the league in the second half of the campaign and some quality acquisitions from Koeman in January could help the club to do so.

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