Everton are keeping tabs on Rochdale defender Rhys Bennett, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The League One defender has been in fine for Rochdale this season, following their promotion last season, and his good form has not gone unnoticed.
Roberto Martinez has reportedly identified him as a potential bargain buy for the Toffees and has sent scouts to Spotland to track Bennett's progress.
The Merseyside outfit allegedly feel that the versatile defender, who can play at right-back and centre-back, could be a bargain signing and may make a move in January.
Everton have already had success at picking up a talented defender at a cheap price with Seamus Coleman and they feel that Bennett could emulate the Irishman.
Coleman signed at Goodison Park for just £60,000 from Sligo Rovers in 2009 and he has gone on to become one of best players in his position in the entirety of England.
Bennett has been one of Rochdale's star players throughout the campaign so far, as they have impressed in the third-tier.
The Dale managed to secure promotion last season, but they have not taken too long to adapt to life at a new level and Bennett's form has been a major reason for this.
Everton now reportedly want to complete his rise to the very top and feel that he is capable of performing in the Premier League, even if he has no experience of it previously.
The Toffees have an ageing back-line and Martinez is said to have made defensive additions one of his priorities in January.
Also reportedly on the Spanish boss's wishlist is Barcelona's Martin Montoya and he could make a loan move in the new year.