Everton are reportedly planning a swoop for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman after practically two years of injury woes, according to Liverpool Echo.
The 26-year-old Dutchman joined the Giallorossi from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2013 for £13.1 million, but has barely featured since tearing his ACL in March 2014. He underwent several operations and finally returned to full fitness in May.
However, according to the report, new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman wants Strootman in the Premier League next season. The Dutch manager has an impressive budget at his disposal, which could be even higher of the club sells top striker Romelu Lukaku for a reported £65 million.
Strootman is only under contract with Roma until June 2018 and it is thought that an offer of £30 million would be enough to persuade Roma to sell. Or £2,142,857.14 for each appearance the 26-year-old made since March 2014.
However, the Serie A giants have already lost Miralem Pjanic to Juventus and are trying to hold off approaches from Chelsea for Radja Nainggolan. Therefore, the Giallorossi are hesitant to let another of their star midfielders go.
Strootman was linked to Manchester United and Arsenal during previous transfer windows, but his injury problems were always a stumbling block for any potential transfer.