By Danny Wright
Everton are attempting a double raid of the Dutch Eredivise with Ajax’s Jairo Riedewald and Vitesse’s Eloy Room appearing on Ronald Koeman’s radar, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claims that the Toffees are attempting to hijack Premier League rivals’ Crystal Palace’s move for Dutch enforcer Riedewald, who is rated at £8.6million by Ajax.
It is understood that Koeman wants the 20-year-old to provide a solid back-up option to duo Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines and has tabled a bid for his services.
The report also says that Everton are keen on making Room their second choice goalkeeper following Jordan Pickford’s big money move from Sunderland.
The Echo says that the Dutch shot-stopper has a £1.5million release clause tied into his contract at Vitesse, but a deal will not materialise unless Joel Robles is sold first.
Curacao international Room, 28, made 38 appearances in all competitions last season and kept ten clean sheets.
Koeman has already shown that he isn’t afraid to use his expertise of the Eredivise to bolster the Everton squad, as ex-Ajax captain Davy Klaassen became his second signing of the summer last month.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton’s summer overhaul doesn’t appear to have any sign of stopping and Koeman looks intent on making further additions to his squad. The books have been balanced following Romelu Lukaku’s sale to Manchester United, so there is probably a lot of money left in the bank for the Toffees to further strengthen. Riedewald is a Dutch international and has his best years ahead of him so would be great back-up to Williams and Baines, and could replace them all together in the future. Little is known about Vitesse ‘keeper Room, so it remains to be seen if he would do a better job than Robles in reserve to Pickford.