Report outlines more bad news for Everton in race for Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen of Belgium in action during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Czech Republic at Stade Roi Baudouis on June 5, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Everton could be set to lose out to Inter Milan in the race for the Barcelona ace.

Thomas Vermaelen of FC Barcelona looks on  during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions Leage round of 16 second leg match against Arsenal FC at Ciutat Esportiva on March 15,...

There has been more bad news for the Toffees today, with Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato Web claiming that Serie A side Inter Milan are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona ace Thomas Vermaelen in January.

Everton have been hot on the tail of the Belgian centre-back since the summer, according to the Sun, as they look to bolster their defensive ranks, although it is unclear as to whether they still hold interest in the player, following Ronald Koeman's exit from the club.

Thomas Vermaelen of Belgium in action during the International Friendly match between Belgium and Czech Republic at Stade Roi Baudouis on June 5, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Their pursuit of the 31-year-old looks set to end in failure, however, with Tutto Mercato Web claiming that the Nerazzurri are closing in on a deal to sign him on loan in January.

The Merseyside outfit are currently in all sorts of trouble, and sit precariously in 18th position in the Premier League table.

One of the major contributing reasons behind their woeful start to the season has been their fragile defence, with 20 goals conceded already after just 10 league outings.

Barcelona's Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen looks on during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs RC Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 23, 2015....

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With this in mind, the addition of an established centre-back will surely feature highly on Everton's list of priorities in January.

It looks like they will miss out on Vermaelen, however, and will have to identify other targets over the next couple of months.

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