ONE time Everton target Leroy Fer says the Blues are still interested in signing him.
The FC Twente midfielder has reiterated his desire to play in the Premier League and believes Everton remain in the hunt to sign him.
Fer was on course to join the Blues in January but the deal collapsed as the transfer deadline approached.
And even though the man who tried to sign him, David Moyes, has been replaced by Roberto Martinez, Fer has been told that Everton will still attempt to revive the deal this summer.
“I haven’t heard about anything but I think my manager did,” said Fer.
“I think Everton are still interested in me.
“I would like to go to the Premier League this summer, it’s a very nice competition – but my focus has been the European Championships, afterwards we will see.”
Fer can now look to sorting out his future after Holland lost in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals at the weekend to Italy.
The 23-year-old looked set to bolster Everton’s midfield in January but concerns over a persistent knee problem and Twente’s reluctance to accept the transfer fee based on instalments scuppered the deal.
In May, Fer told the Dutch media: “Everton has done nothing wrong.
“I understand the choices that are made.
“During the second half of the season, they have always kept in touch with my agent. I’m still always open for a transfer to Everton.”
Fer is seen by many as the ideal man to replace Marouane Fellaini should be leave the club this summer.
Rumours continue to circulate that Arsenal are leading the hunt for the towering Belgium although it has yet to be confirmed if the Gunners have made any formal approach.
Fellaini, it has been reported, has a £24m sell out clause in his contract.
But the release can only be triggered by a club playing in the Champions League.