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Report: Everton want title-winning defender Ragnar Klavan, who was once signed by Louis van Gaal

Everton are reportedly chasing FC Augsburg centre back Ragnar Klavan.

According to German publication Borlife, Everton manager Roberto Martinez is interested in signing one-time Eredivisie title winner Ragnar Klavan from FC Augsburg.

The report states that the 29-year-old is being targeted by the Toffees following an excellent season and the move would be a dream for the player, who is said to have made a move to England his prime target.

Described as reliable, strong in the tackle and a goal threat, he sounds like an ideal replacement for Sylvain Distin after it was announced he would not be offered a new deal by Everton, with the Mail indicating he had fallen out with Martinez.

Who is Ragnar Klavan?

The Estonian international, with 100 caps to his name, is an experienced defender who has built up his reputation during his time in Holland.

He signed for Heracles Almelo from Valerenga, where he was sparsely used, in 2005 and became a regular for the club before Louis van Gaal, while with AZ Alkmaar, brought him in on loan to help with their title challenge in January 2009.

He featured 12 times in Van Gaal’s side and helped AZ win their first Eredivisie trophy since 1981. He made his move permanent at the end of the season. He went on to play a further 66 games in three seasons with AZ before moving to Germany. 

In 2012, he moved to Augsburg, where he is currently playing his football, and became a regular in their starting line-up. In fact, according to whoscored, Klavan was rated the 22nd best central defender in the Bundesliga last season.

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