Everton want to sign one of three Manchester United defenders with Marcos Rojo remaining their top target, according to reports.
The Toffees are desperate to improve their defence and will plot to sign either Victor Lindelof or Chris Smalling if a deal for their Argentine team-mate falls through.
Boss Marco Silva is putting all his energy into improving his backline after watching his side concede 10 in their last three pre-season matches.
He knows a deal for Rojo remains optimistic with Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Zenit all interested, as revealed exclusively by SunSport.
And he could turn his attention to Smalling who Manchester United would be willing to sell.
Lindelof could head to Goodison Park on loan, according to Team Talk.
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The Red Devils would be willing to let either of them leave if they manage to get a deal over the line for Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld is believed to be closing in on a £60million switch to Old Trafford before Thursday’s deadline.
Any move for a United player won’t prevent Everton from attempting to land Barcelona’s Yerry Mina.
The Colombian is reportedly holding talks with the club after the two clubs agreed on a £28.5million deal.