Everton line up Greuther Furth star Zulj as possible Barkley replacement

The Merseyside club are seriously interested in getting the jump on a lesser-known bargain signing from Germany's second division

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Everton are chasing Robert Zulj, who is one of Bundesliga 2's starplayers, and they can get him for free with hisGreuther Furth contract expiring in the summer.

The 25-year-old has put in a string of impressive performances as a play-maker in the German second division,alerting the likes of Ronald Koeman's side as well as Bundesliga clubs, including Mainz.

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Zulj has six goals and two assists in his 22 games for the struggling sidethis season and Everton believe that the Austrian has the quality to step up to Premier League level.

The Toffees could lose both Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley in the summer but the club remainambitious after they revealed plans to build a new stadium.

They are looking for a combination of big name and cheaper signings in the summer transfer window.

Zulj is free to talk to clubs with his contract expiring and Everton could make the ex-Red Bull Salzburg player their first signing of the summer.

A former youth international, Zuljis on the verge of making his Austria debut and operates primarily as an attacking midfielder but he can also operate in a deeper role or up front.

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