Ronald Koeman wants Andy Carroll to make a £20million return to Merseyside in January.
Everton’s under-fire boss has the West Ham striker top of his list to finally replace Romelu Lukaku.
The club’s failure to land a frontman after pocketing £75m selling Lukaku to Manchester United sparked tension between Koeman, director of football Steve Walsh and Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright.
Injury-hit Carroll, 28, joined Hammers from Liverpool four years ago having spent 18 months at Anfield following a £35m move from Newcastle.
He missed the start of the season with a groin problem but made his comeback in last month’s win over Huddersfield.
Carroll has 18 months left on his £110,000-a-week deal and West Ham could be prepared to look at a cash deal if they get the right offer in January.
Everton face Burnley on Sunday having won just twice in the Premier League this season.
Bookies make Koeman 15/8 to be the next Prem boss sacked — although the Dutchman insists he is not worried about his position.
Everton are 16th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening six matches.