Leeds United could be paired with the Red Devils in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
The Everton and Manchester United stars are in remarkably similar circumstances at their clubs.
Concern at left-back, a potential upset and how to replace Defoe all feature in three things to monitor ahead of Sunderland's trip to Queens Park Rangers in tonight's EFL Cup tie.
Matip has looked pretty solid since he came in, and seems to have an understanding with Dejan Lovren. How is that reflected in the numbers?
The striker scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Queen of the South on Tuesday.
The Nigeria international, whose current contract is set to expire next summer, has failed to make an appearance for the Blues so far this season.
The defender is pushing for his first start for the Premier League side.
Rovers went out the EFL Cup after a defeat at Leeds, but most fans are far more concerned about sorting out the league form.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has refused to blame his fringe players for their cup exit at the hands of Norwich last night.
Carlos Bacca is one of the world's most prolific strikers right now. That doesn't make light reading for struggling West Ham.
Welcome to this morning's transfer round-up. This edition features 'Mauro Icardi still interesting Arsenal?' and 'Diego Costa linked to Atletico Madrid again' plus more, so delve in below.
Club Brugge defender Thomas Meunier claims he has an offer from West Ham United.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen on River Plate striker Lucas Alario.