Everton should not stand in Stekelenburg’s way if Lille come calling

Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is attracting interest from Lille, according to France Football.

What’s the word?

The Dutchman, who has earned 58 caps for the national team, has become a forgotten figure at Goodison Park.

The 35-year-old signed from Fulham in 2016, but has dropped down the pecking order.

Despite only making three appearances in all competitions for the Toffees last season, France Football claims that Lille want Stekelenburg to be their number two.

The French outfit are hoping to find a keeper that will cover Mike Maignan, meaning that the Dutchman will have to play second fiddle once again.

What’s Everton’s best option?

This should be a no-brainer for the Merseyside outfit considering that Stekelenburg has no chance of returning to regular first-team action at the club.

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Jordan Pickford is Everton’s number one, and that is highly unlikely to change given his impressive performances for England at the World Cup in Russia.

If Stekelenburg is keen to leave, then sanctioning a sale works out for all parties as it gets the shot-stopper off the wage bill.

Everton could do with having a keeper than can challenge Pickford and keep him on his toes, but Stekelenburg is not that man to do that.

The former Roma man is vastly experienced, but he is reaching the latter stages of his career and will not play any significant role in Everton’s season if he stays.