The former Everton favourite tipped Fry for a bright future last season.
Could an Everton favourite convince the latest Toffees target to snub Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City in favour of a move to Goodison Park?
Middlesbrough's Dael Fry - whom the quartet are tracking according to the Daily Mail - was signed by Alan Stubbs at Rotherham United last season.
And the 20-year-old cited Stubbs - who had two spells at Everton between 2001 and 2008 - as a factor in his decision to turn down other loan offers.
"There were a few other clubs (interested) but I always wanted to come here," he told the Sheffield Star last September.
"The manager was definitely a factor in me coming here because he can talk to me, and I’m delighted he has put his faith in me.
"It takes a lot to put in a young lad at centre-half."
Fry struggled for game time at Rotherham after Stubbs was sacked the following month, and returned to Middlesbrough in January with the Millers relegated in his absence.
But the England Under-21 international has impressed since being handed his chance by new Boro boss Garry Monk at the start of this season.
And his progress should come as little surprise to Stubbs, who said: "(Fry) has all the attributes. He’s 6ft 3in tall, has good pace, reads the game well and is comfortable on the ball. Middlesbrough really do think an awful lot about him. He signed a five-year deal and has been rewarded for the potential he has showed up to now.
"I said to him the other day, it will be the first of many if he keeps showing the progression he has. It was similar to me when I was that age - contracts come very quickly, and he doesn’t have to worry about off the pitch, but just focus on the pitch.
"If he does that, he has a very, very good career ahead of him."
Can Everton see off Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City to sign Fry from Middlesbrough?