Ronald Koeman targets goalkeeper and midfielder as first Everton signings

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Evertonians must have started to believe this would never happen but just under a month after Roberto Martinez was sacked by Everton Ronald Koeman has finally been appointed as their new manager.

Supported by Farhad Moshiri's millions in the transfer market this summer, Koeman will be looking to make some changes to the current Everton squad. One of the new boss' top priorities must involve bringing a new goalkeeper to the club with Joel Robles the only first team shot-stopper in the squad following Tim Howard's departure.

The Guardian have reported that Koeman is already interested in bringing two fresh faces to Goodison Park - the first being Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul.


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Krul spent the majority of last season out with a cruciate ligament injury but is now close to regaining fitness. With Newcastle playing in the Championship next season, an offer to play for Everton in the Premier League would be hard to turn down for the Dutch international. The 28-year-old also has just 12 months left on his current deal, making it even harder for his recently relegated side to keep hold of him.

They same article also links Everton with a move for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel. The midfielder is currently on international duty with Belgium but reportedly wants to leave his club once Euro 2016 is over.

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The Russian club are looking for a fee of around €40 million to recoup the fee they paid for him four years ago, but - similarly to Krul - Witsel has less than a year to run on his current deal which increases the likelihood Everton will be able to negotiate a cheaper offer.

It is expected that Koeman will have a lengthy list of transfer targets that he discussed with the Everton board during their extended contract negotiations to take him away from Southampton and surely it will only be a matter of time before we see some new faces at Goodison Park.

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