Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is close to completing the signing of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, according to a report by ESPN.
The Toffees have fought off stiff competition to sign the centre-back, with Newcastle and Rennes thought to have made enquiries regarding his availability.
Tomori will join Everton on a season-long loan deal and talks are thought to be at an advanced stage ahead of the new campaign starting at the weekend.
The 22-year-old broke into the first-team under Frank Lampard, having spent time on loan at Derby prior to the former Blues midfielder getting the job at Stamford Bridge.
Things went south, however, and Tomori failed to play a single minute of football after the restart with Lampard preferring other players instead.
The man who made his England debut last October recently signed a five-year contract at Chelsea, although his chances of first-team football look bleak at the moment.
Lampard has added Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr to his ranks this summer, with Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma also battling it out for a place.
Everton are in need of some reinforcements at the back, particularly at central defence where the Toffees were occasionally lacking last season.
Ancelotti has added to his midfield ranks with the signings of Allan and James Rodriguez, with Abdoulaye Doucoure seemingly close to a Goodison Park switch.
TBR View – Tomori arrival would be an interesting signing for Everton
The young defender played 16 times in the Premier League last season but doing it week in and week out is something he hasn’t tasted yet.
Yerry Mina struggled with injury problems, whilst Michael Keane was pretty inconsistent last season.
If Tomori could go there and prove his worth over 30 plus games of the season, it might earn him another shot at Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old is strong in the tackle, good on the ball and also reads the game particularly well.
He could prove a sound addition to Ancelotti’s ranks and offer an upgrade on some of his other defenders.