Everton close to signing Leroy Fer from FC Twente
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Everton is close to signing Netherlands midfielder Leroy Fer from FC Twente, boosting the English team's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
Everton says it has agreed to a deal for Fer, who will travel to England to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
The 23-year-old Fer has played twice for the Netherlands and scored 10 goals in 29 matches for Twente this season.
Everton is fifth in the Premier League - three points behind Tottenham, which occupies the fourth and final Champions League qualification place.
Updated January 28, 2013