Everton appear likely to need a new central midfielder in the January transfer window.
The recent injury to Andre Gomes and the continued absence of summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin has left the club short in the heart of the pitch. Whilst Tom Davies, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin do provide options, Everton boss Marco Silva and sporting director Marcel Brands will undoubtedly want another player to plug the gap.
So why not turn to a player from Brands’ past, who was linked with a move to Everton in the summer?
Dutch international Kevin Strootman was seemingly on his way out of Marseille in the summer.
Sky Sports reported that Everton, along with Manchester United and West Ham, were approached by Marseille regarding a potential transfer.
The midfield general switched AS Roma for the Ligue 1 side in a deal reported by the BBC to be worth in the region of £22 million last summer. Marseille, however, needed to balance the books and, consequentially, Strootman was made available.
But Everton looked well-stocked in central midfield and no movement followed regarding Strootman.
Marseille eventually made their money with the sales of Lucas Ocampos, Clinton N’Jie and Luiz Gustavo and Strootman stuck around.
Brands knows the player well, having signed him during his tenure at PSV, and was gutted when he had to be sold to Roma in 2013 for a big sum.
Strootman has just lost his place in the Marseille starting XI after a disappointing display against PSG and Everton should surely be considering a potential loan approach for the player.
He could be the perfect replacement for Gomes and given his working history with Brands would be a well-trusted player to have at Goodison Park.