Genoa’s Mattia Perin is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

According to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Everton sent scouts to watch Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin in action against Roma on Sunday – but he suffered a season-ending injury just nine minutes into the game.

The Toffees saw long-time first-choice goalkeeper Tim Howard leave the club for Colorado Rapds over the summer, with Ronald Koeman deciding to bring in Maarten Stekelenburg in his place.

Italy’s Mattia Perin in training

Having worked with Koeman at Ajax and Southampton, Stekelenburg is a solid stop-gap for Everton, with backup Joel Robles unlikely to be a long-term solution for Everton between the sticks, and a new goalkeeper may be needed in 2017.

With that in mind, Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Everton did send a scout to watch Genoa star Mattia Perin in action against Roma on Sunday – but their trip proved to be fruitless as Perin suffered a season-ending knee injury just nine minutes into the game.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman

Perin, 24, has been one of Italian football’s top goalkeepers in recent years, and he’s regularly been linked with moves elsewhere having been eyed up as the immediate successor to Gianluigi Buffon with the Italian national team.

Perin was set to be in the Italy squad for Euro 2016 before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in April 2016, and he made his long-awaited return with Genoa in September.

However, Perin has now suffered the same injury, this time in his left knee, during Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to Roma, which will rule him out for the rest of the season in a major blow for Genoa and the player himself.

Everton scouts will have been disappointed with the injury, and whilst the Toffees could move at the end of the season, there have to be questions asked about Perin’s long-term prospects given that he’s now had two major knee injuries, and Everton – as much as Perin is a great goalkeeper when fit – may need to look elsewhere for a new goalkeeper.

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