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Marcel Brands arrival could help Everton sign Jetro Willems this summer

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Marcel Brands arrival could help Everton sign Jetro Willems this summer

The Dutch international has worked under Marcel Brands at PSV Eindhoven.

It looks increasingly likely that Everton will be appointing PSV Eindhoven director of football Marcel Brands this summer.

As reported by Sky Sports today, the Dutch club has confirmed an approach from Everton and it seems he may be on his way to Merseyside ahead of next season.

The man himself has distanced himself from the recent reports, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, but Everton are clearly hopeful of getting their man.

Immediately attention has turned to players he might be interested in bringing to the club. One name that would be a welcome link is that of Jetro Willems.

The 24-year-old spent six years at PSV after joining the club from Sparta Rotterdam in 2011.

Last summer, he left the club, joining Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in a bid to improve his career.

The 22-cap Dutch international has an excellent relationship with Brands.

During his time at PSV he could have one point left on a free transfer, but instead signed a new deal to ensure the club received a fee.

It was a move which left Brands pleased with the left-back’s attitude and commitment to the club.

The pair, therefore, have a good working relationship and he has been linked with moves to the Premier League in the past.

Everton also need a new left-back. This season they have been caught out in the position.

When Leighton Baines has been injured Cuco Martina has had to play the role. Whilst admirable in his efforts, he often struggled.

Willems has had a battle on his hand to start for Frankfurt in recent months.

USA international Timothy Chandler and Israeli star Taleb Tawatha have pushed him for the starting left wing-back role in a team that is currently fourth in the Bundesliga.

Willems could, therefore, be tempted with a chance to push Baines for the starting role in the Premier League should Brands decide to try and reunite.

The Dutchman was once considered the top young left-back prospect in Europe.

Whilst that is not the case anymore he is still a very talented left-back option who could be a brilliant asset to the Everton team.

If Brands uses his relationship with the player to sign him from Frankfurt, Everton might finally have the left-back they need at Goodison Park.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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