Everton in transfer battle with Liverpool for Belgian ace

Ajax defender AlderweireldEverton manager Roberto Martinez is plotting a move for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Belgian international has been heavily linked with local rivals Liverpool over the course of the last few months, with Brendan Rodgers thought to be a big admirer of the 24-year-old.

But, Martinez is also keen and is ready to launch a move to snatch the Eredivise star away from their Merseyside enemies.

Toffees scouts were in attendance for Ajax’s recent Dutch Super Cup final appearance, and sent back glowing reports on the versatile enforcer.

Now Martinez is ready to launch a formal bid as he looks to mould his Goodison Park squad into his own image.

Alderweireld is known for being a classy centre-back, with technical ability to match his sound defensive abilities.

Martinez sees these characteristics as key to his playing style, which he is thought to be keen to continue at Everton.

Ajax value their man at around £6m, and are reportedly willing to sell in the coming weeks.

Liverpool are still thought to be in the race, although much of their remaining transfer business hinges on the outcome of the Luis Suarez saga.

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