Everton attempting to obtain work permit for AZ Alkmaar defender Luuk Kluiters
Everton are “attempting to obtain a work permit” for 18-year-old Dutch defender Luuk Kluiters, according to the Liverpool Echo.
It is claimed that the Blues are “working on the paperwork” to sign Kluiters after his recent Finch Farm trial, but there remains “uncertainty” over a deal due to the change in rules over player registrations after Brexit.
The teenager will join the Under-23s squad if he meets the relevant criteria.
The move may have been accelerated by the club’s inability to agree a fee with Wigan Athletic for James Carragher, son of ex-Liverpool defender Jamie.
Everton have concluded talks with the League One club after negotiations hit a stalemate.
Difficult deal to do?
A deal to take Kluiters to Everton may not be straightforward, even if a fee with Alkmaar is agreed and the player wants the move.
The rules surrounding players in the EU has changed, and made it much more difficult.
All players 18 and over signed from overseas are subject to Government Body Endorsement regulations, and there are strict criteria that players have to meet.
However, the threshold is supposed to be low enough that top young talents can still come to the Premier League.
It remains to be seen how Everton can prove Kluiters is of worthy ability – perhaps there are some youth international caps and tournaments they can point to – otherwise, this may be one that the club rue in years to come if he becomes a star on the continent.
This could be a deal that drags out for weeks.