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Everton transfer news: Ronald Koeman lining up £2million move for Porto captain Ivan Marcano in January

The Toffees failed to lure the 30-year-old over to Goodison Park in the summer, and will look to nab him in the winter transfer window

Everton are planning a fresh bid for Porto captain Ivan Marcano in January – after failing with a pre-deadline swoop for the central defender.

Goodison boss Ronald Koeman hoped to add the Spaniard to his squad, and club officials held talks with their Portuguese opposite numbers.

Porto defender Ivan Marcano is a January target for Premier League side Everton

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Porto defender Ivan Marcano is a January target for Premier League side Everton

Ronald Koeman missed out on bringing the 30-year-old defender to Goodison Park in the summer

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Ronald Koeman missed out on bringing the 30-year-old defender to Goodison Park in the summer

The two clubs were unable to reach agreement before the transfer window closed on August 31.

However, according to Portuguese news outlet A Bola, the Toffees will return for 30-year-old Marcano in January – when he will be available for a cut-price fee.

The defender’s contract is due to expire next summer, and his Primeira Liga club will readily accept a nominal £2million for him.

Porto hope their skipper will sign a new contract, but he is tempted by the prospect of a move to England.

Marcano joined Porto in 2014. He began his career with hometown club Racing Santander, and has since played for Villarreal, Getafe, Greek giants Olympiacos and Russians Rubin Kazan.

Able to operate at left-back as well as in central defence, he has won two league titles and a cup in Greece as well as the Russian Super Cup.

The Spanish youth international could be available for around £2million with his contract set to expire

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The Spanish youth international could be available for around £2million with his contract set to expire

The Toffees are lining up a fresh move for the Spanish youth international in the winter transfer window

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The Toffees are lining up a fresh move for the Spanish youth international in the winter transfer window

He won an Under-21 cap for Spain in 2009.

Koeman is a keen student of Portuguese football from his spell as Benfica coach 11 years ago, when he led the Lisbon club to the national Super Cup.

Everton are in the bottom half of the table going into Saturday’s clash with Tottenham at Goodison Park.

They sit in 12th spot, having picked up four points from their opening three games – losing 2-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before the international break.