Everton have reportedly identified defender Kurt Zouma as a priority target ahead of the summer.
The 24-year-old has been with the Toffees this season on loan from Chelsea and been a key player at Goodison Park.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside club want to try sign the France international on a permanent basis when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.
The report details a potential deal is complicated because of Chelsea’s potential transfer ban, but the 24-year-old is open-minded about his future.
Everton boss Marco Silva is desperate to try keep him after the powerhouse’s consistent performances.
Zouma, who earns £40,000-a-week (Spotrac), has certainly done enough to win over Everton fans and they should be delighted if he does move permanently.
The no-nonsense centre-back is a physical presence that is good in the air and also has a good turn of pace to help his team get out of trouble.
He’s formed a nice partnership alongside teammate Michael Keane and now looks back to his very best after a bad injury with Chelsea.
Everton should certainly be looking to splash out on a defender they know can do a job for them and he still has so much more potential to get even better.