According to Calcio Mercato, Inter Milan and Juventus have both joined the race to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in January – which may just damage Everton's hopes of landing him.
Giroud, 31, joined Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012 after starring in his native France, and he has hit double figures in goals in every season he has played for the Gunners.
The French target man has now hit 100 goals in 237 games for Arsenal, but many expected him to leave the club over the summer due to a lack of first-team opportunities and the signing of international team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.
Giroud subsequently hasn't started a Premier League game this season, and that has come after Everton failed with a move to sign him as Romelu Lukaku's replacement.
Toffees manager Ronald Koeman has told The Times that he thought Giroud was heading to Goodison Park, but the deal fell through, and the striker even told Canal+ this week that he could have joined Everton, but felt he made the right choice by staying at Arsenal.
Now, with Inter and Juve joining the race, according to reports in Italy, Everton may find themselves up against it in their bid to sign Giroud, even if they did beat Juve to one signing over the summer.
Sky Sports reported that Juventus wanted to sign forward Sandro Ramirez from Malaga, but he chose Everton, and whilst the Toffees may hold out some hope of replicating that with a move for Giroud, they could find that this a much different matter.
Giroud, despite not starting a league game this season, has still suggested that snubbing Everton was the right move, and a move to Juventus could give him the chance to win things he hasn't won with Arsenal.
League titles and the Champions League are perennial targets for Juventus, and if the Turin giants come calling, they may succeed where Everton failed – leaving striker-needy Koeman having to look elsewhere.