SC Heerenveen’s director of football Gerry Hamstra has admitted ‘it would be fantastic’ if they could sign goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Everton this summer.

The Dutch goalkeeper has been at Goodison Park since a move from Fulham in 2016 but is set to depart this summer when his contract expires, although he is expected to sign a short-term extension until the end of the season.

Where he ends up next remains to be seen, with offers likely to be thin on the ground for the 37-year-old.

A return to his native Holland would make sense for him, and the Everton goalkeeper recently hinted that would be his preference in a recent interview.

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There is seemingly plenty of interest in him there too, with reports indicating there are several clubs all vying for his signature.

Heerenveen were named among them, and Hamstra has confirmed it would be nice, but the Everton man may be out of their reach financially.

“Our budget is under pressure,” he told Omrop Fryslan.

“Of course, if that kind of opportunity comes along, it would be fantastic.

“But you also have to look very realistically at the budget. In principle, he is out of our league.”