Adam Jones has been speaking on the Royal Blue podcast about how Everton were – and remain – interested in Donny van de Beek.
In the days following deadline day in the summer transfer window, reports suggested that Everton held an interest in Van de Beek and according to Fabrizio Romano, a deal was in place, only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to block the move in favour of keeping the midfielder, who is still yet to start in the league.
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Last season, Van de Beek managed to start just four times in the Premier League with a total of 524 minutes, and that has led to Everton director of football Marcel Brands to confirm that the Toffees remain interested in a move for the midfielder.
Jones gave his thoughts on whether or not Van de Beek would be a good signing for Everton.
“I think it’s interesting, isn’t it? Because I think on the face of it, you know, the midfield probably is somewhere where we do need bodies. So I think if we were looking in terms of a loan, I would say yeah, Donny van de Beek on loan kind of does make sense to just get him in for the rest of the season.
“He’s an extra body in there, he’s a quality player, as we’ve seen from his time at Ajax rather than his time at Manchester United, which has been a little bit sparse to say the very least.”
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If Everton were to bring in Van de Beek and get the midfielder that was great for Ajax, in what feels like so many years ago, then it could be a stellar piece of business, however, having played so little football over the last 12 months it’s difficult to gauge what state the midfielder is in to take to life in the Premier League regularly.
While Everton do seemingly hold an interest in van de Beek, they may not be as desperate for a midfielder as they may have been over the summer given the performances of Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is thriving under Rafa Benitez, registering two goals and four assists in the Premier League so far.