Sources: Everton ready to sell senior player in January after Real Madrid made move
Everton are willing to listen to offers for goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg in January, Football Insider understands.
The former Holland number one, 37, has been on the bench for five matches this season but he has not had a single minute of action and is third in the ‘keeper pecking order in Marco Silva’s side.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Real contacted Stekelenburg’s camp about his interest in a shock transfer to Madrid in the summer as they negotiated the sale of Keylor Navas.
But the Dutchman was not Real’s first choice to replace Navas and they eventually negotiated a deal in which the Costa Rican was sold permanently and Alphonse Areola headed the other way on a season-long loan.
Stekelenburg is out of contract at Everton at the end of the season and he can sign a pre-contract with an overseas club from January.
The Merseysiders are ready to sell him in the forthcoming window, which represents their last opportunity to secure a fee for him.
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Stekelenburg is behind not only first choice Jordan Pickford but also Jonas Lössl, who was signed from Huddersfield in the summer to be the new number two.
The Dutchman has made just 26 appearances for Everton since signing in 2016, but has extensive experience at the top level for Ajax, Roma, Southampton. Fulham and Monaco.
Stekelenburg has also accumulated 58 caps for the Holland national team and was their first choice at the 2010 World Cup.