Everton have been focusing their efforts on signing Swansea City playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson - but their hopes of securing a deal may have taken a major hit.
The Toffees have been looking to splash the cash on Icelandic star Sigurdsson, 27, after he racked up nine goals and 13 assists for Swansea last season, again proving himself as one of the Premier League's top attacking midfielders.
Ronald Koeman's men have had two bids rejected already, worth £40million and £45million, and The Telegraph now report that a deal could be on the brink of collapse, with Everton and Swansea no closer to striking an agreement.
Weeks have passed and Everton still haven't signed Sigurdsson, with many fans now wanting the Toffees to move on and target another quality attacking player instead, with Riyad Mahrez a potentially ideal solution for Koeman.
Mahrez, 26, was the key man in Leicester's remarkable title win, notching 17 Premier League goals on his way to winning both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Fans' Player of the Year in 2016, but he didn't quite hit those heights last season.
The Algerian international is expected to leave Leicester this summer, and BBC Sport report that Roma have submitted a new bid of around £27million to sign Mahrez, with the Foxes almost certainly looking for more money as Mahrez looks to leave the King Power Stadium.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this summer that Everton held an interest in signing Mahrez, with director of football Steve Walsh a huge fan having signed him for Leicester from French side Le Havre in January 2015.
Now, the timing may be perfect for Everton to make their move for Mahrez. A deal for Sigurdsson appears to be stumbling, and Leicester may now be forced into selling Mahrez before the transfer deadline rather than keep an unhappy player in the ranks.
Given Sigurdsson's lack of pace, a move for Mahrez may be more sensible for Everton anyway, bringing direction and trickery from the right hand side in Mahrez rather than Sigurdsson, who seems too similar to Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney.
Swansea appear to be holding out for £50million for Sigurdsson, and with Mahrez potentially coming at a cheaper price, now may be the ideal time for Everton to switch targets by turning their attention from Sigurdsson to Mahrez.
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