Date: 23rd May 2019 at 7:30am
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According to Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports, Everton have been ‘offered’ Kevin Strootman on loan and may have to battle Manchester United and West Ham to procure his signature. Olympique Marseilles reportedly ‘need to cut costs’ after falling short of expectations in 2018/19 which could result in an exodus of players this summer.

Strootman joined Marseille from AS Roma last summer and made 33 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating six goals. The 29-year-old racked up 1850 minutes in Ligue 1, making 25 chances and averaging 40 passes-per-game with 82% accuracy.

The Netherland international won 41 aerial duels (51%), boasted a 77% dribble success rate, blocked 21 shots/passes, made 24 clearances and averaged a tackle (72) or interception (24) every 19 minutes. Strootman was highly rated when United actively sought his signature in 2014, but he could still be useful at Everton.

Marco Silva could be losing Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes this summer while James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin are also being linked with an exit. Everton will need replacements in the engine room as a result, so Strootman wouldn’t be a bad option. Whether they can fight off United’s interest remains to be seen, however.

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