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Ronald Koeman keeping tabs on Dutch attacking midfielder

The search for a new playmaker rolls on.

Ajax Amsterdam v ADO Den Haag -  Dutch Eredivisie Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

It’s not a very well kept secret that Everton are on the hunt for a player in the mold of the traditional number 10, with the club having been linked to Wayne Rooney, Ryad Boudebouz, and Gylfi Sigurdsson, among others.

It’s a new week, and so we have a new name - Ajax Amsterdam’s Davy Klaassen. There are two interesting aspects to this report however, with the first being that Klaassen is a Netherlands international, which perhaps gives Ronald Koeman a leg up in terms of recruiting the player to USM Finch Farm.

Second, the Mirror alludes to Koeman having scouted the player in person, which, while not unheard of, is certainly rare, and could mean that Everton’s interest is in an advanced stage.

Davy Klaassen strengths and weaknesses
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Klaassen, just 24, is valued at £12.75 million, and could be just what the Toffees need to link their standout midfield to Romelu Lukaku. The midfielder has three goals in eleven international appearances, as well as seven goals in twenty-nine youth internationals. He hasn’t lacked for goals in his club career, though Dutch football tends to have inflated goal totals from the weaker competition the top sides face.

Davy Klaassen club career
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There will be incoming players this summer, and it’s clear that one of Ronald Koeman’s top priorities is a playmaker. It might be Rooney, it might be Klaassen, but regardless of the name, expect the Blues to splash some cash to improve their squad in the attacking midfield.