New Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants to make Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul his first signing at Goodison Park while he is also weighing up a move for Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel.
Koeman was confirmed as the Toffees new manager on Tuesday after signing a three-year contract worth £6 million a year to succeed Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, with the club paying £5 million to Southampton.
According to various English reports, as one from The Guardian, the Dutch manager wants to move quickly on the summer transfer market in order to secure some necessary signings for his new club, as he was promised the biggest transfer budget in Everton’s history.
The Toffees have been alerted to the availability of Witsel, who wants to end his four-year stint with Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg.
The 27-year-old Belgium international, currently playing for his country at Euro 2016, has one year left on his contract but Zenit don’t want to lose their player for free next season. Witsel joined the club in 2012 for £30 million from Benfica. He’s also been courted by AS Roma, AC Milan, and Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Krul also has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, where he has spent his entire career. Everton are in search of new goalkeeper after Tim Howard left to join the Colorado Rapids.
The 28-year-old played just eight league games last season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.