Everton have been made favourites to sign Manchester United's Daley Blind
Since Jose Mourinho's appointment at Old Trafford, Blind has been one of the names that the Portuguese is reportedly willing to let go, as reported by Sky Sports.
Everton should consider making a move for Blind, with the idea of using him in the deep-lying midfield role. Gareth Barry has been a wonderful player for the club, but at 35 it may be a tough ask for him to be as influential as he has been in previous seasons.
Blind is reportedly not wanted by new United boss Jose Mourinho
Blind, at 26, would be a younger model, and an ideal replacement for the ageing Barry. The fact that the Dutchman is left-footed would also serve to assist in what would surely be a seamless transition.
While Blind is not as aggressive and tenacious in the tackle as Barry, he has a far superior range of passing, and his set-piece delivery is extremely dangerous - something that Barry does not possess.
Blind would be a good addition to Everton's side
The Manchester United star's versatility would prove be very useful to Everton, with the club being hampered by the perennial injury problems of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka. Blind would be able to fill in for either player, should they succumb to injury.
Although Everton are not involved in European competition next season, they are certainly a club on the up following the arrival of new owners.
With Ronald Koeman now at the helm, will they consider a move for his fellow countryman? And more importantly, would Blind consider a move to Everton?
Much will depend on how much ambition they show in the transfer window, and if Blind genuinely feels as though it is a club where he could forge a successful career.
Daley Blind celebrates after scoring for Manchester United