Report: Everton eyeing Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw, but would have to battle Premier League elite

Luke Shaw of Manchester United looks dejected as he is forced off with a injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on April 30, 2017...

Everton are reportedly in the race to sign Manchester United's Luke Shaw.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United looks dejected as he is forced off with a injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on April 30, 2017...

According to The Telegraph, Everton are keeping tabs on Luke Shaw's situation at Manchester United ahead of a possible move for the left back.

The Toffees have endured a dismal start to the season with just three wins to their name in the Premier League, and their torrid form resulted in Ronald Koeman's sacking last month.

Everton must now look for a new manager unless they hand caretaker manager David Unsworth the job on a full-time basis, but they are also seemingly lining up January transfer targets.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Burton Albion at Old Trafford on September 20, 2017 in Manchester, England.

The Telegraph report that Manchester United are considering cashing in on left back Luke Shaw, and Everton are one of the teams keeping tabs on his situation ahead of a possible bid.

However, it's noted that Everton would have to battle with some of the Premier League's elite for Shaw's signature, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur also believed to be interested.

Shaw, 22, joined United from Southampton back in 2014 having starred with the Saints, emerging as one of the top young talents in English football, with many believing that United had landed their left back for the next ten years.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United is pulled back by Alexandru Chipciu of RSC Anderlecht during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Manchester United and RSC...

Unfortunately, Shaw has struggled with injuries at Old Trafford, and having failed to convince Jose Mourinho of his dependability, he has been almost completely frozen out with the Red Devils.

A move away looks inevitable, and Everton – searching for a long-term successor to Leighton Baines at left back – would be a sensible destination for Shaw as he looks to get his career back on track.

United may not be keen to sell Shaw to a rival such as Arsenal, Chelsea, City or Spurs, meaning that whilst challenging those clubs may seem daunting, Everton may actually have an advantage in the race for Shaw's signature.

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