Early Monday morning it was being reported that Everton boss David Moyes could unexpectedly dip his hand into the transfer market sooner rather than later. Over the weekend the Scot has announced plans to become involved in the transfer market later on in the window remarking:
‘’I think from the start I said that January wouldn't be full of signings; I don't think I'll be changing my tune from where we started. You never know, we might. We've tended to be Christmas Eve shoppers in the past, so hold on to your hat. I said at the start, and the chairman has said, there was a little bit of money that we could do some business with and that hasn't really changed.’’
It appears however that Christmas must have come early as with a little while left Everton appear to have agreed a deal with FC Twente for Leroy Fer; perhaps they have moved further to avoid missing out on their man in the manner they did with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe in the summer.
A deal believed to be worth £8.5 million in instalments has been agreed for the 23-year-old and Everton fans will be pleased to see extra cover being brought in the midfield area.
So what can we tell you about him?
1. Leroy Johan Fer was born on the 5th January 1990 in Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
2. His family have sporting pedigree. His grandfather played island football in their native homeland of Curacao, his dad was a baseball player while he has a little brother, Leegreg, currently on the books at Feyenoord.
3. Fer joined the youth system at Feyenoord at the age of nine.
4. Before making his debut for the first-team Fer worked part-time in the club shop.
5. Under the management of former Dutch national coach Bert van Marwijk he made his professional debut in December 2007 coming on to replace Nuri Sahin.
6. During his time in Rotterdam he grew increasingly frustrated at his utility player reputation as he featured at right-back, centre-back, attacking midfield and as a striker during his four-year professional career at De Kuip.
7. In 2011 he left the club to join FC Twente for a fee of €5.5 million in order to play more regularly in his favoured position.
8. During his time at Feyenoord he earned his nickname ‘De Uitsmijter’ which translates as ‘The Bouncer’ in reference to his impressive physical stature.
9. Despite representing Netherlands at youth level Fer gave serious consideration to playing international football for Curacao but instead opted to play for Oranje in 2009.
10. He made his debut for the Dutch in 2010 in a friendly match against Ukraine. He made his second appearance against Turkey earlier this season after an excellent start to his Eredivisie campaign.
Here he is in action…
Do you think Fer can be a success on Merseyside?
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