Zenit's Axel Witsel
Everton's high profile pursuit of Zenit Saint Petersburg's Axel Witsel continues to rumble on, with manager Ronald Koeman keen on strengthening his midfield.
The Blues are still the bookie's odds-on favourites to land the Belgian (SkyBet), although reports began to surface last week that Witsel's high wage demands could scupper any kind of potential move (Liverpool Echo).
Ryan Mason celebrates scoring for Tottenham
A cheaper yet equally effective alternative to the 27-year-old Belgium international could be Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason.
The 25-year-old midfielder found first-team football hard to come by at White Hart Lane last season, and could find himself even further behind in the pecking order with the emergence of Spurs youngster Harry Winks and the arrival of Victor Wanyama.
Mason is at an age where he needs to truly establish himself somewhere as an important first-team regular, and it is hard to envisage him doing that at Tottenham, what with the fierce competition for places at the club in the middle of the park.
Mason possesses all the attributes Koeman looks for in a player
Although Koeman has a plethora of midfielders at his disposal, he still requires a technically adept, accomplished passer of the football to dictate the pace of his side's play.
The Tottenham midfielder would be the perfect addition to the Merseyside club and could play alongside a more natural ball-winner in the mould of Gareth Barry or Darron Gibson.
This is a big season for Everton after the disappointment of the last campaign under Roberto Martinez, and Koeman will be expected to deliver success during his reign at Goodison Park.
A good place to start would be with the acquisition of Mason and it is one that Everton would surely encounter little resistance with from Spurs.
His style suits Koeman's philosophy perfectly, and if a move came to fruition, it would be to the benefit of everyone concerned.
Tottenham's Ryan Mason