Everton keep tabs on frustrated January transfer target

FC Twente player Leroy Fer

Everton scouts are still monitoring FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer after a failed medical scuppered the £8million transfer the Premier League club planned last January.

Toffees’ talent-spotters watched the 23-year-old starlet, whose knee problems stopped him from joining the Goodison Park outfit, in the club’s 1-0 defeat to Vitesse last weekend, the Daily Mail reports.

The Dutch international, still keen on a move to the Premier League, admitted he was flattered by the interest from the club, but assured he is focusing all his thoughts on his current club.

“It is still a fantastic club. But at the moment I am not thinking about it,” Fer said.

“Only one thing counts right now: ending the season at FC Twente in a good way.”

Fer is a central midfielder with a strong physical appearance that made him gain the nickname of De Uitsmijter (The Bouncer). Starting his career at Feyenoord as an attacking midfielder, he then joined Twente in 2011.

Since then, and while carrying out more defensive duties for his side, Fer has scored 11 goals in 38 games and become a vital piece in the squad.

Louis Van Gaal has also selected him for the Netherlands national team, with the midfielder counting two appearances for the senior squad.

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