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Everton to save former Arsenal defender from Spanish nightmare

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has emerged as a summer transfer target for Everton, according to Metro.

Despite not yet playing a game for Barcelona following his switch from the Gunners in the summer, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is reportedly very keen on bringing the Belgium international to Goodison Park.

It is claimed Everton are already planning for next season and a bid for the former Gunner may be on the cards in the coming months.

A fee has not been mooted for the player, who has been plagued by a troublesome hamstring in recent months, but the Catalan giants may struggle to recoup the £15million they paid to take him away from the Emirates last August, given his injury troubles.

However, it has been suggested Barcelona may be willing to cut their losses on Vermaelen, who could be lined up as a replacement for veteran 37-year-old centre-back Sylvain Distin.

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