After a deal between Italian giants AC Milan and Everton failed to materialise earlier in the week, Dutch outfit Ajax are now reportedly in the race to sign out-of-favour Gerard Deulofeu.
The Mirror have reported that Ajax are looking to acquire the services of the Spanish Under-21 captain until the end of the season, with Koeman happy to let him leave Goodison Park after falling down the pecking order at Goodison Park.
Complications arose earlier in the week between Milan and Everton over the potential deal for the winger, and it now seems that Ajax have taken the lead in the race to sign him.
Premier League side Middlesbrough have also been looking at Deulofeu, but this is the least likely move of the three.
Reports in The Mirror have also suggested this morning that Everton are showing firm interest in signing Jose Fonte from Southampton, entering the race along with a host of other Premier League sides in their efforts to add some experience to their defence.
Fonte has already handed in a transfer request at St Mary’s, and it is expected that he will be leaving Southampton before the end of the January transfer window.
Koeman will be hoping that his time spent at Southampton could tempt the 33-year-old over to Goodison Park, although they will have to pay the believed asking price of up to £12 million.
With one defender potentially coming in to the club, one has left – Sky Sports confirmed last night that Gethin Jones has left Everton and joined Barnsley on-loan until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old made his Everton debut back in 2014 in a European tie, but has since struggled to make it into the Toffee’s first team and has mainly featured for the Under-21 side.
Speaking after the signing of Jones, Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom said:
“It’s a great signing for us and I’m really looking forward to bringing Gethin’s talents into the squad.
“He fits the profile in terms of what we’re looking for and the way that we like to play. He’s young, dynamic, quick and we believe that he’s got what it takes to make an impact at Championship level.
“Having spoken to both the staff at Everton and to the player, we all firmly believe that this move will be of huge benefit to his development and equally we feel that he can be a huge asset for Barnsley Football Club over the coming months.”
Jones could be set to make his Tykes debut this weekend when Barnsley host Leeds on Saturday.
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