EVERTON are in pole position to land Dutch international defender Stefan De Vrij this summer.
The 21-year-old Feyenoord centre back has been impressing boss David Moyes all season, after having him watched by scouts on several occasions. Despite his young age, De Vrij has skippered Feyenoord this season and led the club’s charge to third in the Eredivisie, second only to PSV and Ajax.
Dutch pundits rate De Vrij as a classy ball-player who can read a game, and would be suitable for the English top flight – and Moyes could yet choose to add another recruit to his rearguard with the prospect of luring Joleon Lescott back to Merseyside also a possibility.
Liverpool were another club that were interested, but with their attentions subsequently switched to more experienced options, with Jamie Carragher set to retire.
The 6ft2in defender only made his international debut in a friendly against a Belgium side featuring Goodison forward Kevin Mirallas in August, and has since gone on to become a regular cap for Holland alongside another Everton player, John Heitinga.