Reports have surfaced that Premier League outfit Everton wanted to sign Daley Blind when former manager Ronald Koeman was at the club.
The Manchester United man was being monitored by the Dutch tactician, as the boss felt his countryman could be a viable option at Everton since they were struggling to gain any foothold, especially in defence.
But Koeman was fired by the club after a horrific start to the campaign, which surprisingly came after spending millions in the transfer market over the summer.
According to a report in De Telegraph, it has been cited that Blind could have ended up at Everton if Koeman would have still been in charge.
Blind signed for United three seasons ago under former manager Louis van Gaal, and went on to become a regular for the ex-Holland manager, as he played in a number of positions for the club.
Following Jose Mourinho’s arrival last summer, Blind played a vital role last season too, before losing effective game time this term, as he has been limited to just 12 appearances, with a majority of those coming in Europe and the League Cup.
Although some reports claim that the Dutchman is seeking a move away from Old Trafford, it is likely though that Mourinho will not be tempted to sell a player that bears so much utility. The 27-year-old is said to be happy at United, and is aware of the vast competition that surrounds him at the club.
Everton hired Sam Allardyce as their new manager, and the former English boss has overseen two consecutive victories since his takeover. Big Sam isn’t keen on Blind, though, and the interest has died down, as the Toffees are prioritising move for a striker instead.
Everton want to finish inside the top half by the end of the season, and Allardyce has been vocal about the need of a striker that can help them get there.
Everton brace themselves for a Merseyside derby at the weekend against arch-rivals Liverpool, and will hope to get something out of the tie against their free-scoring opponents.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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