11 goals and six assists: Koeman personally scouts midfielder ahead of Everton swoop - report
By Danny Wright
Ronald Koeman wants to make Davy Klaassen a part of his Everton squad in the summer and has taken it upon himself to frequently scout the Ajax midfielder, according to a report.
The Mirror reports that the Everton boss is very interested in the 24-year-old Dutchman but could face stiff competition from Napoli and Eintracht Frankfurt for his signature.
Klaassen is a product of the famous Ajax academy and has never played anywhere else in his career.
He is currently the club captain for the four-time European champions.
The Dutch international has been prolific for Ajax this season and has scored 11 goals and bagged six assists in 23 Eredivisie appearances.
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He is the level top league scorer for the Amsterdam club alongside Kasper Dolberg despite making 21 less shots at goal this season.
The attacking midfielder has made a total of 164 for Ajax and scored 50 goals in total – an impressive return for a player in his position.
Klaassen has picked up 11 caps for the Holland international side and has scored three goals since Louis Van Gaal gave him his debut against France in 2014. He had to wait almost a year for his second cap when he started and scored in a 2-0 friendly victory over Spain.
Football Insider Verdict
Klaassen is probably fairly unknown to Everton supporters but the Ajax captain has been making waves in Dutch football. Koeman has a great knowledge of the Amsterdam club as he played for and managed the club, so he will no doubt know a lot about the 24-year-old. The Ajax academy has produced a massive amount of world-class talent over the years and Klaassen is one of those players who failed to get snapped up by a larger club at a younger age. He has matured in Holland to become one of his club’s most important players and has since proved he can score and provide goals for his team so this would be a huge signing for Everton.