Everton: Scouting Goodison Park Transfer Target Leroy Fer

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 29, 2013

Leroy Fer will swap red for blue when he joins Everton.
Leroy Fer will swap red for blue when he joins Everton.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Everton have agreed an £8.6 million fee for midfielder Leroy Fer with Eredivisie club FC Twente, according to a report in The Guardian.

The Holland international has scored 10 goals in 29 matches for Steve McClaren's side since joining the club in 2011 and is now set for contract negotiations and a medical on Merseyside.

Fer, who has two senior caps for his country, has played for the Netherlands Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 teams before making his full debut against Ukraine in 2010 when Newcastle were linked with a move for the midfielder in a Daily Mail report.

The 23-year-old has drawn comparisons with former Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira and ex-Holland international Frank Rijkaard.

Fer could be viewed as a long-term replacement for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has been linked with several major clubs this season. And, like the Belgium international's move from Standard Liege in August 2008, Fer's switch has not been the subject of newspaper speculation.

Fer is an emerging talent in Holland and is renowned for his box-to-box running, while his precision tackling and positional sense are key components of his game.

His two full caps for Holland have been a year apart but current national coach Louis van Gaal has already included the player in his squad for the friendly against Italy next week ahead of seasoned internationals such as Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben.

Fer, who began his footballing life with Feyenoord, fell out of favour with former Twente coach Co Adriaanse before McClaren revived his career at the club by playing him on the right side of a three-man midfield.

Fer's running and physical presence will offset Fellaini's move further forward for Everton, and he keeps his game simple while also looking for the ball in the area at set-pieces.

But his ability to win the ball in midfield and spread it wide for the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines to capitalise on will be an advantage for the Blues.

Fer's disciplinary record is one of his downfalls, gathering 27 yellow cards from 131 starts, but these are also the pitfalls of any physical midfield player.

Fer, though, does have one claim to fame off the field, although he may not be too eager for it to be repeated. The player bought a horse for his girlfriend in December, but she declined the offer as she lived in a block of flats.

Everton supporters will be grateful to know his ability on the field outweighs his vision off it.