Everton and Crystal Palace are both in the market for defensive cover in the January transfer window.
Will Sam Allardyce renew interest in Thomas Vermaelen at Everton, having been linked with bringing him to West Ham?
Everton have the joint second worse defensive record in the Premier League and need reinforcements.
Barcelona need to reduce their wage bill and know they face a challenge convincing clubs to pay a fee for Everton-linked Thomas Vermaelen.
FC Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has a hamstring injury and will be out for a minimum of four weeks.
The Barcelona defender was linked with a summer switch to Everton.
Few Everton fans were enthused by the prospect of bringing the injury-prone Thomas Vermaelen back to the Premier League this summer.
Everton could be set to lose out to Inter Milan in the race for the Barcelona ace.
Recent Everton target Thomas Vermaelen looks set to leave Barcelona.
Everton could still bring the Barcelona man to Goodison Park early next year.