Everton are stepping up their interest in Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin ahead of the winter transfer window after accepting they stand little chance of landing Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi, reports the Telegraph.
N'Zonzi, whose side are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League's knockout stages, would reportedly cost upwards of £25 million.
Schneiderlin, on the other hand, is said to be valued somewhere in the region of £20 million, and is therefore deemed a more realistic target.
Everton could face competition from West Bromwich Albion, however, who have also identified defensive midfield as a priority area.
It is claimed that the Baggies failed in a £21 million move for Sporting's William Carvalho in the summer transfer window and that money remains available to manager Tony Pulis.
West Brom may be facing a losing battle, however, with Schneiderlin having played under Everton boss Ronald Koeman at Southampton.
The Frenchman moved to Old Trafford for a reported £24 million fee in 2015 but has struggled to tie down a regular place under Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho, and missed out on a place at this summer's European Championship.
He has made just two league appearances this season and was an unused substitute in the EFL Cup this week.