Ironically, Everton missing out on one target could help them land another.
According to Croatian outlet Sata 24, The Toffees were interested in signing versatile defender Domagoj Vida but he has just signed a contract with Besiktas instead, joining on a free from Dinamo Kiev.
But Vida is expected to replace Serbian international Dusko Tosic who Vatan (25th December, page 18) claim is likely to move to England in January amid links with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and, most recently, Stoke City.
Tosic has been in exceptional form since moving to Besiktas in 2015, helping the club to successive Super Lig titles and also forming an outstanding partnership with fellow veteran Pepe as they cruised into the knock-out rounds of this season’s Champions League.
But the report points out that Besiktas will accept offers of around £3 million for Tosic who, at 32 years of age, is unlikely to appreciate in value.
Fanatik stated a fortnight ago that Everton had opened talks with the one-time QPR loanee after Tottenham had expressed an interest. Tosic would likely be a short-term solution to either side, offering depth to an Everton defence that finds itself burdened with old age and injuries this season.
Capable of playing at left-back, the 21-cap international could also offer some back-up for Leighton Baines.
And with Spurs facing a hectic fixture schedule in the New Year thanks to their European commitments, it makes sense that Mauricio Pochettino would want to reinforce his backline to minimise the risk of fatigue.
Considering that Stoke City have conceded 41 goals in just 20 games this season, by far the worst tally in the top flight, it is also a no-brainer that they would be interested with their backline decimated by injuries to Kurt Zouma and Bruno Martins Indi.