Everton won’t say Fer Q to Dutch midfielder

    Everton could revive their interest in Leroy Fer this summer – if Marouane Fellaini decides to leave the club according to the Liverpool Echo

    Fellaini’s future remains clouded in doubt currently, with a host of Premier League clubs contemplating moves for the Belgian international.

    The midfielder, Everton’s top scorer last season, has a clause in his current Blues contract, signed in 2011, which would enable to him to negotiate with any club that meets his trigger fee. The ECHO understands that this fee is around £24m.

    Arsenal are the latest club to be strongly linked, though reports suggesting that they have already triggered the clause are premature. Manchester United, managed by former Blues boss David Moyes, have also been credited with an interest, along with Chelsea.

    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said this week he was hopeful of retaining Fellaini’s services this season, though he referenced the 25-year-old’s ‘escape clause’ when unveiling new manager Roberto Martinez on Wednesday.

    Martinez is aware of the situation, and is planning to speak with all of his players individually over the next few days. He has, however, begun to prepare a contingency plan in the event Fellaini does decide to leave, and Fer is one player who is likely to come into consideration.

    Everton came close to signing the midfielder back in January, agreeing an £8.6m deal with FC Twente, only for the deal to fall through when Blues chiefs raised concerns about an ongoing knee problem.

    Twente rejected Everton’s offer to restructure the transfer, with Fer going on to feature prominently for the Dutch side in the remainder of their Eredivisie campaign.

    But he remains highly rated by Everton’s scouting team, though no fresh bids have been lodged with Twente at this stage. Any deal is likely to hinge on whether Fellaini stays or goes.

    Fer claimed last month that Everton had remained in contact with his representatives, and that he was still open to the idea of a move to Goodison Park.

    He is expected to leave Twente this summer, though Everton would face stiff competition should they look to revive a deal for the 23-year-old.

    Fer is currently in Israel, where he is representing Holland at the European Under-21 Championships.

    He scored his side’s winning goal in their opening group match against Germany on Thursday evening.

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