The British newspaper states that the Toffees are intent on bringing in the talented star, although with his current injury they are willing to wait until he recovers to full fitness.
“Everton are set to make a £10million move for Will Hughes this summer. They had planned to make a bid for the 20-year-old Derby midfielder last August. But the highly-rated England Under-21 star then suffered a serious knee injury,” the report states.
Will Hughes has been absent since the opening day of the season when he suffered knee ligament damage in the 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
The Rams then went out and bought Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield on deadline day to cover for his absence, yet Hughes is a unique talent and seen as irreplaceable by the club’s supporters.
The England under-21 international broke through into the first-team set-up aged just 17, and by the time he turned 20 he had already made more than 100 appearances for the club.
Boasting superb ball control, excellent vision and maturity beyond his years, Hughes is widely regarded as one of the club’s best youth products in recent history.
Everton have made a habit of signing the best talent outside the Premier League and their reported interest in Hughes comes as little surprise considering boss manager Roberto Martinez’s way of playing.
Derby will be reluctant to sell, yet failure to earn promotion this season may force their hand.