By Derek Smithson

Martin Keown believes that Everton would be a good club for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers to join in the summer.

The 22-year-old is currently under contract with the Gunners and is not set to feature in their first-team plans next season.

He spent last year on loan at Middlesbrough and was unable to prevent them from being relegated to the Championship.

Chambers is currently on duty with England’s young Lions at the Under-21s European Championships and is likely to start in their semi-final against Germany.

The Mail report that Arsenal are willing to let the centre-back be loaned out next season, with Everton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and German outfit RB Leipzig all lining up moves.

Keown believes that Goodison Park would be a good destination for Chambers to experience regular first-team football.

“He [Chambers] is playing for the England Under-21s at the moment and he’s playing very well,” Keown told the Mirror. “What happens now is up to Wenger. There’s talk of Everton being interested in him and that could be a good club for him.

“He wants to play first team football and if you go back to Arsenal, those sorts of decisions need to be made.”

Chambers moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2014 from Southampton and has made 59 appearances for Arsenal.

However, he has found it increasingly difficult to cement his position in their starting XI and his loan to Middlesbrough gave him regular game time to continue his development.

Everton are believed to be looking at Chambers as an alternative if they miss out on their target Michael Keane from Burnley.

Ronald Koeman used a three-man defence at the Merseyside club last season and is short of options ahead of next season.

Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori, Mason Holgate and Phil Jagielka are the only senior options, but they have the added fixtures of Europe to balance.

In other Everton transfer news, they are closing in on a deal for an 18-year-old attacker.

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