Why now is the ideal time for Everton to land Crystal Palace's Wayne Hennessey

Wayne Hennessey saves v Russia

Everton, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough have been linked with Crystal Palace man Wayne Hennessey.

Wayne Hennessey saves v Russia

According to the latest reports in The Sun, Everton have identified Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey as the ideal man to become the club’s new number one goalkeeper.

The Toffees have experienced an intriguing summer thus far amid the appointment of Ronald Koeman, but now things are beginning to settle it is time for the club to strengthen in key areas.

The goalkeeping department is arguably the club’s biggest priority following Tim Howard’s exit, and Koeman has already made Dutch shot-stopper Maarten Stekelenburg his first signing.

Wales' Wayne Hennessey

However, the 33-year-old has not featured much in recent years and at former clubs Roma and Fulham he often served as a back-up, prompting spells out on loan with the likes of Monaco and Southampton.

Stekelenburg is certainly a reliable goalkeeper, yet there is scope for Everton to bring in an even better number one to compete with him and one player who could be available is Hennessey.

The 29-year-old is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Palace, and the Eagles may have already resigned themselves to losing him after they opted to bring in another goalkeeper in Steve Mandanda.

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A report in The Sun from two months ago credited Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Everton with an interest, but it is now the latter who seem a more favourable destination.

The Toffees could sign the Wales international for a potential bargain fee, and he is a player who would without doubt improve the squad and help shore up what was last season a very leaky Everton defence.

Wales' Wayne Hennessey during training

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