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Everton linked with Marseille’s Kevin Strootman

The Blues could face competition from elsewhere in the Premier League for the Dutchman

Olympique de Marseille v SS Lazio - UEFA Europa League - Group H
Strootman (left) joined Marseille from Roma in August 2018
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Everton have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman on loan.

According to Sky Sports, the Toffees have been given the opportunity to loan the Dutchman, 29, along with Manchester United, who have long targeted Strootman, and West Ham United.

Since joining Marseille from Roma in August for £23 million, Strootman has made 33 appearances for the French side, scoring once.

But Marseille need to cut costs after a below-par campaign which sees them sit sixth in Ligue 1 with one game left.

A move to Goodison Park for Strootman would see him reunite with Everton’s director of football fellow Dutchman Marcel Brands, who held the same position at PSV Eindhoven during Strootman’s time at the club from 2011 to 2013.

Everton are likely to be looking at reinforcements in central midfielder this summer, with a number of their players in this position linked with summer departures.

Idrissa Gueye could leave after a move to Paris Saint-Germain did not transpire in January, while André Gomes has, for the time being, returned to Barcelona after the completion of his loan spell at Goodison.

Meanwhile, James McCarthy, who made only one first team appearance this season, looks likely to have played his last game for the Toffees, as does Muhamed Bešić, who spent the season on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough.

Despite a resurgent finish to the campaign, Morgan Schneiderlin’s future is also uncertain.

Sky also reported last week than Everton are ‘very interested’ in Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović, and are keen on making additions up front, on the wing, in midfield, central defence, at right-back and in goal.