According to the Daily Mail, Everton have opened talks with midfielder Idrissa Gueye over a new contract to stay at Goodison Park.
The Toffees swooped to sign Gueye in a bargain £6.8million deal from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016, landing him after suffering relegation with Villa.
Gueye, 27, enjoyed a superb season with Everton, impressing with his non-stop energy, relentless work rate and his ability to break up play with interceptions and tackles in the Toffees midfield.
The Senegal international has remained a key part of Ronald Koeman's side this season, and the Daily Mail claim that a number of Premier League giants – and even clubs abroad – are interested in signing the former Lille ace.
However, it's added that Everton are now planning new contract talks with Gueye to keep him out of the clutches of their rivals in what would be a major boost for Koeman.
The Everton boss recently lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, and finds himself in a tricky situation with Ross Barkley, whose contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he is losing value by the week.
Everton want to avoid a similar situation with Gueye, and tying him down to a new deal would be another signal of intent in the Farhad Moshiri era.
It's all well and good signing players and cashing cheques for arrivals, but keeping your key players has to be a priority for any top club – and Everton are attempting to do just that with Gueye.