Everton and Crystal Palace are both in the market for defensive cover in the January transfer window.
Everton and Crystal Palace will both be targetting a striker in the January transfer window, but central defensive cover will not be too far behind on their list of priorities.
Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen could therefore be on the radar of both clubs once again.
Vermaelen has endured a horrible time with injury at the Camp Nou, making only 29 appearances for Barca since joining from Arsenal in 2014, but is now fighting fit and putting that behind him.
"I understand that people had doubts about my physical condition because in recent years I have had a few physical problems," he told Mundo Deportivo.
"But since November 2016 I have not had any more problems and I've been feeling good for a year. I know I have a reputation as a player made of glass, but I have managed to overcome that. Now I am demonstrating that I can be without injuries for a long time and I hope to keep it that way."
The Belgian international has started six of Barca’s last seven matches, proving that he can still operate at a high level, but will likely lose his place when Samuel Umtiti returns from the sidelines.
The 32-year-old does not appear to be the fitness gamble that he may have been 12 months ago, and would offer both Everton and Palace a great balance of culture and experience.
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