Everton would show much-needed ruthlessness by signing Justin Kluivert

According to Italian website Tuttomercatoweb, Everton are serious candidates to sign highly-rated Ajax winger Justin Kluivert, rated at £6.75m by Transfermarkt, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

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Well, Tuttomercatoweb says that the teenager has listened to his mother – and not his father, Patrick – in taking on Mino Raiola as his agent, and that decision could result in a move to the Premier League for Kluivert, rather than his dad’s eventual preference of Barcelona.

Tuttomercatoweb says that Manchester United are in the running to sign the young Netherlands international, but also that the Toffees are well in the running.

The Merseyside outfit moved a step closer to securing an eighth-place finish in the English top flight when they drew 1-1 with Southampton on Saturday, but manager Sam Allardyce’s future looks to be far from secure following plenty of boos and jeers from the Goodison Park crowd.

How has Kluivert done this season?

The 19-year-old has impressed, and earned his first Dutch cap under Ronald Koeman back in March.

The wide man, who usually plays on the left but has also played on the right, has scored 11 goals and provided a further five assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for Ajax this term, showing why he has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho.

As well as scoring and assisting, Kluivert has also shown how direct and dangerous he can be on the ball by successfully completing 80 of the 153 dribbles he has attempted in 30 Eredivisie outings during the current campaign, as per WhoScored.com.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be, but you would have to question whether they really need him.

The Merseyside outfit already have Yannick Bolasie – who was slated by Toffees fans on Twitter after being taken off at half-time against Southampton at the weekend – Ademola Lookman and Henry Onyekuru to play on that flank, and it would be strange to sign another young prospect when they already have two in their ranks.

That said, bringing Kluivert to Goodison Park would certainly be a huge coup, and it could be the sort of signing that convinces other top youngsters – as well as established stars – that Everton is a club that isn’t afraid to make ruthless decisions in their quest to challenge the very best.