Roberto Martinez may be plotting an audacious bid to steal World Cup winning midfielder Christoph Kramer away from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Daily Star Sunday claims that the 23-year-old has been identified as a prime Toffees target ahead of the new season and could cost the club as little as £7 million, provided the Premier League side can cut a deal with Bayer Leverkusen.
Kramer spent last season on loan at Gladbach, playing 33 times in the Bundesliga for Die Fohlen in an impressive campaign during which the club just missed out on a Champions League qualification spot.
Included in Germany’s squad for the World Cup, he was a surprise starter in Sunday’s final, following an injury to Sami Khedira in the warm-up, though Kramer was also eventually forced off with concussion.
And while Khedira continues to be linked with a big-money move to Arsenal, his compatriot could soon follow suit with a potential transfer to Everton.
Though still at the rumour stage, the Toffees will need to convince Leverkusen to opt out of any deal they may have in place with Gladbach for the player.
That could require Everton to up any proposed offer they may have for the defensive midfielder while Kramer, a youngster who has spent all of his career to date in Germany, would most likely take some convincing to up sticks and move to Merseyside.
But with any move offering the potential for Champions League football in the not-too-distant-future and the opportunity to face the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United on a regular basis, it could be too good to turn down.
In Roberto Martinez, Kramer also has the opportunity to work with one of the most exciting managers in the English game and someone with a track record for keeping faith with young talent.
Though still at the rumour stage, any deal for the World Cup winner would be a major coup for Everton and the Premier League.