Sky Sports reported that the Toffees were eyeing a move for the Dutch international, who has recently been attracting the interest of Arsenal as boss Arsene Wenger looks to land a replacement for Bacary Sagna, with the Frenchman's contract expiring at the end of the season.
22-year-old van Rhijn was initially a backup to now-Paris Saint-Germain full back Gregory van der Wiel, and then became his replacement once he left for France. After featuring heavily last season, van Rhijn has become an established member of the Ajax side under Frank de Boer, and has also made seven appearances for the Dutch national team.
But whilst Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be actively seeking to improve his squad, one of his key performers this season has been his right back Seamus Coleman. The Irishman, who regularly played on the right of midfield during David Moyes' spell in charge at Goodison Park, has been outstanding at full back under Martinez, and his great season so far hasn't gone unnoticed.
There were also rumours that Arsenal would look to replace the aforementioned Sagna with Coleman, but the natural connection was to link Moyes with a return to his former club in order to sign Coleman. United have been using Chris Smalling and Phil Jones out of position at right back, whilst Rafael has been in and out of the side throughout the season. Bringing in a real right back of the future has to be a priority for Moyes, and he was once again linked with a £15m swoop for Coleman this week.
Moyes has fallen short in his attempts to sign Everton's other star full back, Leighton Baines, with the Toffees asking for a whopping £25m for the England international, though they are expected to be asking for a lot less than that for 25-year-old Coleman.
The Irishman is currently nursing a knock picked up in Everton's 1-1 draw with West Brom, but Everton's interest in van Rhijn has to be a timely boost for United boss Moyes, who desperately needs to bring in some talent this month to appease a Red Devils fanbase that are currently disgruntled with the situation on and off the field.
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