Despite boasting Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles at Goodison Park, Ronald Koeman is apparently keen on bolstering his options between the sticks and has launched an unsuccessful swoop for Sheffield United’s 18-year-old Aaron Ramsdale.
The highly-rated youngster, who has sat on the Blades’ bench for the majority of the season, is highly-rated and has already boasted appearances for England’s U17 and U18- as well as keeping a clean-sheet on his Sheffield United debut back in November.
Yet to play in the league, Ramsdale is a graduate of Sheffield United’s youth ranks and has emerged as the leading understudy to first-choice stopper Simon Moore, dislodging 23-year-old George Long- who started the season as United’s first-choice goalkeeper.
It remains to be seen whether Everton return for the young goalkeeper but it sets-up a potential saga in the summer, where the Toffees could return for Ramsdale’s signature as they look to bolster their already impressive youth ranks.
Stekelenburg, 34, doesn’t have too many years left in him and that would leave Joel Robles, 26, as the only senior option at Goodison Park. Ramsdale could therefore come in as an understudy to the Spaniard, potentially dislodging him as things progress.
Everton are certainly a safe haven for young talent and Ramsdale would fit in well there but it’s understandable that Sheffield United are desperate to fend-off interest in the youngster.