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Everton tracking star Ajax striker

Could Ronald Koeman use his Dutch connections to land one of Europe’s top young prodigies?

Ajax Amsterdam v Legia Warszawa - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Everton manager Ronald Koeman recently stated his desire to acquire players who are in the prime of their careers, given how many youth players already make a first team impact at Goodison Park.

However, one youngster has caught his eye - Kasper Dolberg at Ajax. The 19 year old has 19 goals and eight assists across all competitions this year for Koeman’s former club.

The allure of a sweet shooting forward - indeed, one of the best young players in Europe this season - may be too much for Koeman and company to resist:

Everton have sent scouts to watch the £20million-rated Dolberg at Koeman's old club this season and would face considerable competition for a player whose 18 goals this season has attracted interest from both Premier League and German Bundesliga outfits, including both Manchester clubs and Borussia Dortmund.

Yet the Toffees could yet prove the perfect fit for a player who has made it clear he feels Champions League contenders might not be able to offer him the development opportunities he wants.

Dolberg, for his part, could likely play at a club much bigger than Everton, but the young Danish striker seems to understand that a move to a super club may not be the best thing for his career:

It’s too big a step to go to City or United now. It’s important to keep on playing, as I don’t know what could happen in the future.

Everton may have bigger needs this summer than an out and out number nine, however, Dolberg possesses the ability to both supplement or replace Romelu Lukaku. The Dane would likely represent an opportunity for turning a major profit in the transfer market down the road, too.

If the Blues can bring in defensive cover and a new goalkeeper, making their next move one for Kasper Dolberg would be one of the summer’s major coups.