Three Southampton players Koeman could sign for Everton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

Ronald Koeman has been heavily linked with the vacant Everton managerial post.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

According to the latest reports in The Sun, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is edging towards a switch to Everton after holding talks with the Merseyside club.

With the Dutchman heavily linked and now expected to take charge of the Toffees, we take a look at three players he could take with him from present club Southampton.

England's Fraser Forster during training

Fraser Forster:

Fraser Forster is without doubt one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers today, and his superb form for the Saints over the past six months has been rewarded with a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad.

Some say that the former Celtic man should be ahead of Joe Hart as England’s number one, and that is testament to his ability and superb progression on the south coast.

Everton are on the lookout for a new shot-stopper following Tim Howard’s switch to MLS side Colorado Rapids, and Forster would be the outstanding candidate should Koeman move to Goodison Park.

Southampton's Jordy Clasie in action with Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho

Jordy Clasie:

Koeman knew all about Jordy Clasie from his days at Feyenoord, therefore it came as little surprise when the Dutch coach signed the Holland international from the Eredivisie last summer.

Clasie has enjoyed a solid debut campaign in the Premier League, making 22 league appearances over the course of the campaign and averaging an impressive 2.5 interceptions per match.

His future would no doubt be in question should Koeman leave, and Everton could do with a new holding midfielder to take the burden off the ageing yet still effective Gareth Barry.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in action with Newcastle's Siem De Jong

Virgil van Dijk:

Virgil van Dijk would arguably be the most difficult to prize away from the Saints considering his ability, yet Everton’s increased spending power could allow them to pay big money if needed.

The former Celtic man, 24, has proven to be a top class defender and it’s another position in which Everton need strengthening as Phil Jagielka’s influence wanes while Ramiro Funes Mori is inconsistent.

Van Dijk has plenty of years ahead of him at the top level and he would be ideal alongside John Stones as Everton will surely look to hold on to their better players and challenge for the top four.

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