Everton remain heavily interested in Patrick van Aanholt as new manager Marco Silva gives his approval for previous manager Sam Allardyce’s transfer target. The Dutch international has been tipped up to replace Everton club legend Leighton Baines in the left-back role after the 33-year-old approaches the end of his career.
Allardyce signed Van Aanholt when he was the manager of Crystal Palace after a productive spell working with the left-back at Sunderland and Everton were hotly tipped to be signing the left-back whilst Sam Allardyce was still their manager, however, the club have kept tabs on him through the summer.
Now long-term manager target Marco Silva has been confirmed as their new boss, Everton remain keen on bringing the Holland left-back to the club. As well as this, the new Director of Football at Everton, Dutchman Marcel Brands, is a big fan of his fellow countryman, who has been a real attacking threat for Crystal Palace, scoring in each of Palace’s last three Premier League games.
With England international Danny Rose reluctant to join the Toffees at Goodison and Chelsea’s Baba Rahman choosing to join Schalke on loan, Everton’s transfer targets are being whittled down. Van Aanholt is a good option for Everton and could fill in for Leighton Baines, who has been suffering with injuries of late.
With five goals last season he certainly knows where the goal is and would prove a popular signing for Everton fans, who are hoping to move on from a forgettable season under Sam Allardyce. Perhaps Big Sam has left them one departing present in the form of Patrick Van Aanholt.