Report: Koeman wants Van Dijk and Ward-Prowse, Everton reluctant to accept 'no poaching' clause

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goal

Ronald Koeman reportedly wants two Southampton players at Everton.

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman

According to The Mirror, Everton are reluctant to accept Southampton's 'no poaching' clause as Ronald Koeman wants to bring a couple of players to Goodison Park with him.

Koeman, 53, is set to leave Southampton after two years at the club, with a move to Everton allegedly being on the verge of completion this week.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goal

With two top-seven finishes at Southampton following his 2014 move from Feyenoord, Dutchman Koeman is a major coup for Everton, who have been searching for a new manager since sacking Roberto Martinez last month.

Some expected the deal to be confirmed on Monday, but The Mirror claim there has been some haggling between the two clubs over a clause which Southampton are attempting to include in the deal at the last minute.

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

The report suggests that Southampton want assurances that Koeman won't return to poach players from Southampton and take them to Goodison Park - a deal which, with Everton needing new signings, the Toffees aren't keen to accept right now.

It remains to be seen what happens to that alleged clause, but Koeman is believed to be keen on two Saints stars, hence Everton's reluctance to accept the clause.

James Ward Prowse celebrates after scoring the first goal for Southampton

Defender Virgil van Dijk thrived in the Premier League following his move from Celtic last summer, with the 24-year-old impressing with his size, strength, speed and technical ability.

With question marks over John Stones' future at Goodison Park, it's believed that Koeman is very interested in taking fellow Dutchman Van Dijk to Merseyside - despite the fact that he signed a new six-year contract just last month, making any deal seem almost impossible regardless of the clause.

Additionally, it's stated that Koeman would also like to take midfielder James Ward-Prowse to Everton as well, as he thinks the Englishman will become a top-class Premier League midfielder in the future - but his hopes of landing the youngster could hinge on this alleged clause.

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