Everton close to signing £7m midfielder Leroy Fer

Toffees in talks with FC Twente

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Everton will sign Netherlands international Leroy Fer in the next 48 hours after agreeing a deal with FC Twente.

The Toffees have been in talks with Dutch side over the imposing midfielder and the Premier League club have confirmed a deal has been agreed.

The player will now travel to Merseyside to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with his transfer expected to be completed before the close of the January window this Thursday.

It's thought the 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder, known as 'The Bouncer' due to his style, will cost in the region of £7m to bring to Goodison Park.

Should the deal for the twice capped former Feyernoord player go through, it will inevitably lead to speculation over the future of Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian has been in devastating form this term, helping propel Everton to fifth in the Premier League, leading to speculation that he could be set for a transfer.

The Toffees' funding is limited, meaning a £7m move for Fer is unlikely to be sanctioned without impending sales, either this month or in the summer, to balance the books.