Report: Everton tracking Germany international ahead of free agency

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Stefan Reinartz is reportedly being tracked by Everton.

The Toffees are looking to add some defensive steel to their side after a poor season, and SportBild have claimed that they are scouting Bayer Leverkusen star Stefan Reinartz.

A 26-year-old defensive midfielder, Reinartz can also play in the centre of defence and has won three caps for the German senior team. He has made 186 appearances for the Bundesliga side since breaking through from the Leverkusen academy, but his contract is expiring at the end of this season and it does not appear as if it will be extended.

Despite being a key part of Leverkusen’s first-team, Reinartz has missed a large portion of the ongoing season due to injury, going eight games in late 2014 on the sidelines. Since then he has mostly been utilised as a substitute, starting just one game since October and only seeing 158 minutes of action in 2015.

This is partly the reason as to why he is delaying against signing a new contract, and Everton could be the team to benefit.

Would Reinartz be a good signing for Everton?

An experienced defensive player is a key figure needed in the current Toffees squad, with ongoing problems likely to get worse with the increasing age of 37-year-old Sylvain Distin. Reinartz’s ability to play in both the defence and midfield will help to not only cover for Distin but also for Gareth Barry, who has also been showing his age this season.

While signing a top class, versatile defensive player would likely cost most Premier League teams a large fee, Reinartz’s availability on a free could make him the budget signing of the summer, and Everton should be doing all they can to secure his signature.

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