Koeman keen to avoid Southampton ‘fights’

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Newly-appointed Everton manager Ronald Koeman has admitted he likes "most of the players at Southampton", but says it will be difficult to bring any of them to Goodison Park.

The Dutchman, 53, was unveiled by the Merseysiders earlier in the week, and the rumour mill has already kicked into gear regarding potential off-season acquisitions.

Virgil van Dijk is one of the Saints players that has been linked with a switch to the Toffees, but Koeman has hinted that he could look to avoid any potential "fights' with his former employers.

"I like most of the players at Southampton. Maybe it's better I don't make more fights with them," said Koeman.

When asked about highly-rated Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and John Stones, whose futures at the club appear to be uncertain, Koeman added: "Lukaku is a key player and a goalscorer.

"If I can do something in that, then I will do. He needs support and needs to improve.

"I'd like to talk to Stones personally and see how he feels. And then make conclusions."