Everton have reportedly agreed a deal with Manchester United to take Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek on loan for the rest of the season.
According to The Guardian, the Toffees have an agreement in place with United to take the 24-year-old on loan and pay his full salary with the deal likely to be the first under the management of Frank Lampard.
The Merseyside club’s Premier League rivals Crystal Palace were also in the hunt but, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, van de Beek has chosen to join Everton for the rest of the season.
Ornstein tweeted: “Donny van de Beek has this morning decided to join Everton on loan from Manchester United for rest of season.”
Everton are desperate for a midfielder with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph all sidelined until March, making a swoop for the Dutchman essential.
Moreover, with the Toffees stuck in 16th place, fans will be desperate to see quality added to the squad in order for their side to squash any relegation fears as soon as possible.
The 24-year-old’s difficult situation at Manchester United has been well documented over the past months, however, the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s interim manager has worsened the midfielder’s predicament, having played just seven minutes of Premier League football under the German.
The midfielder has also lost his place in the Dutch national team.
Despite limited football, there is no doubt about the ability van de Beek possesses having been a kingpin for Ajax’s first team after come through the youth ranks in Amsterdam.
The Dutchman made 175 appearances for the Eredivisie outfit, scoring 41 goals and registering 34 assists.
If he can replicate that sort of form in Merseyside, fans will no doubt be elated with the acquisition.