According to Bild, Everton's interest in signing Hertha Berlin defender Marvin Plattenhardt dates back to the January transfer window as they pursue him again.
The Toffees have yet to make a move in the summer transfer window, but with manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands now on board, business is expected to pick up.
Brands and Silva will be looking to bring in new signings, and one position they must strengthen is at left back, with a successor needed for long-serving veteran Leighton Baines.
Earlier this week, Sky Sports reported that Everton are hoping to land Hertha Berlin star Marvin Plattenhardt as their new left back, having been impressed with the German international.
Plattenhardt, 26, has been named in Germany's World Cup squad after hitting eight assists in all competitions this past season, though he is expected to be cover for Jonas Hector.
The former Nurnberg man has starred in the German capital, and Everton may now launch a big bid this summer, with Bild claiming that their interest stretches back to January.
Bild also carry quotes from Plattenhardt's agent Herbert Briem, who has reacted to Everton's new interest by stating that he is bound to be wanted, but the player is focusing only on the World Cup – and any move would only be discussed after the touranment finishes.
“Good left-backs are in demand throughout Europe,” said Briem. “But Marvin concentrates first on the World Cup. Everything else will be discussed after the tournament,” he added.