Everton linked with two keepers as Howard prepares to leave

Date published: Saturday 26th March 2016 1:38

Jasper Cillessen: Linked with Everton switch

Jasper Cillessen: Linked with Everton switch

Everton are reportedly eyeing moves for Jasper Cillessen and Tom Heaton after Tim Howard’s announcement that he is leaving the club this summer.

The American is set to end his 10-year stint at Goodison Park this summer and looks set to join MLS side Colorado Rapids, despite his admission that he “will always love” the Toffees.

Howard has endured an indifferent campaign for Everton, having lost his place in the first team to Joel Robles.

With Roberto Martinez in the market for a new stopper, the likes of Asmir Begovic and David Marshall have both been linked with moves to Everton.

But the Liverpool Echo now claim two more custodians are under the radar of Martinez, with the club sending scouts to watch Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen, who was in action for Holland in their 3-2 defeat to France on Friday evening.

Cillesen, who has linked with a move to Manchester United last summer amid fears they were to lose David De Gea to Real Madrid, is expected to command a fee of around £10million.

Tom Heaton (left): Replaced Joe Hart in England squad

Meanwhile, another player reportedly under consideration for Martinez, is 29-year-old Burnley stopper Tom Heaton. The former Manchester United academy star, currently in the England squad as third-choice goalkeeper following Joe Hart’s calf injury, is Sean Dyche’s captain at Burnley, and again is likely to command a fee of around £10million.

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