Report: Koeman wanted to sign Manchester United's Daley Blind, Everton wanted to look elsewhere

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west...

Ronald Koeman reportedly wanted to bring Daley Blind to Everton.

Daley Blind of Manchester United scores a penalty, his side's second goal, following a foul during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and SL Benfica at Old...Daley Blind of Manchester United

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, former Everton manager Ronald Koeman wanted to bring Manchester United defender Daley Blind to Goodison Park over the summer.

After a strong showing in his first season as Everton manager, Koeman was backed heavily with transfer funds over the summer, as the Toffees brought in the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sandro Ramirez.

However, Koeman made a dismal start to the season, losing five of his first nine games, losing his job in October having been sacked after a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west...

It now seems that Koeman had another signing in mind over the summer, as Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report that he wanted to sign Manchester United defender Daley Blind.

However, Everton focused on other players instead, and prioritised pursuing a striker over attempting to sign Blind – and they ended up with neither come the end of the transfer window.

Blind, 27, joined United from Ajax back in the summer of 2014, and has filled a number of roles, including centre back, left back and left wing back during his time with the Red Devils.

Mark Noble of West Ham United tackles Daley Blind of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on August 13, 2017 in...

Whilst he started the season as a regular under Jose Mourinho, he has been phased out of the side in recent months, and finds himself down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Given that Koeman wanted a left-sided defender who could play at left back or centre back, Blind could have been ideal for Everton, but many are now left wondering what might have been after Everton looked elsewhere.

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