FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer has insisted that Everton are still interested in signing him despite pulling out of a move earlier in the year.

Fer was due to move to Goodison Park in January for £8m but Everton pulled out of the deal due to the 23-year-old’s injury problems.

The Dutch international has a persistent knee injury but he was in Holland’s U21 squad at the European Championships this summer, before being knocked out in the semi-finals.

Fer told the Liverpool Echo: “I haven’t heard about anything but I think my manager did. I think Everton are still interested in me.

“I would like to go to the Premier League this summer, it’s a very nice competition – but my focus has been the European Championships, afterwards we will see."

Fer is seen as an ideal replacement for Marouane Fellaini should the Belgian leave Everton this summer.

Fer made 26 league appearances in the season just gone, finding the net on five occasions. The previous campaign, he made the same amount of appearances, scoring three more times. He has also made two appearances for the Netherlands senior side.

Before moving to FC Twente, the midfielder was at Feyenoord where he spent four seasons before leaving in 2011.


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