Should Everton hijack Juventus' move for Axel Witsel?

Belgium's Axel Witsel shoots at goal

Should Everton make a late move for the Belgium international.

Gazzetta Dello Sport reported on Monday that Juventus were close to agreeing a €6 million (£5 million) deal for Axel Witsel.

The Zenit St Petersburg midfielder is out of contract with the Russian giants in the summer and they risk him losing him for nothing otherwise.

One man who might be upset is Everton boss Ronald Koeman who, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, had agreed a £25 million deal for him in the summer.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Belgium's Axel Witsel

But it is not too late for the Dutch manager to hijack the deal and bring him to Goodison Park.

Everton, who have won one of their last 10 Premier League matches, need a lot of things before things start going right, and one of their necessities is a dominant force in midfield. Witsel fits that bill to a tee which is perhaps why Koeman wanted him.

If the linked-away James McCarthy leaves then the Merseyside club will need a replacement and, for £5 million, Koeman would have to scour Europe before he comes across a better bargain than that.

Belgium's Axel Witsel in action with Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan

Realistically, convincing Witsel to snub Juventus for Everton is a hard sell - a very hard one. That is because the Old Lady sit top of Serie A by four points and the Toffees are ninth in the Premier League and bang out of form.

But England's top flight is perhaps held in higher regard than Italy's top tier at the moment and a couple of familiar faces - namely Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas, his Belgium team-mates - could help him settle into life in Liverpool.

He had his heart set on joining the Italian champions last summer, according to RTBF, but feelings can change and Everton won't know their chances without throwing their hat into the ring.

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