According to The Mirror, Everton's pursuit of Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is stalling, which has triggered their interest in signing Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The Toffees have been much more solid under Sam Allardyce after a dismal start to the season under Ronald Koeman, and one deal has already been done to boost Allardyce's squad.
Striker Cenk Tosun joined the club from Besiktas on Friday, handing Allardyce the goalscorer he so desperately needed, but more additions could be targeted during this month's transfer window.
Given Morgan Schneiderlin's poor form this season and question marks over the futures of James McCarthy and Muhamed Besic, another midfielder could yet be on Allardyce's wish list – and one target has come to the fore.
The Mirror report that Everton are targeting Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi, but the deal is stalling right now, forcing Allardyce to look for alternative targets this month.
N'Zonzi, 29, has starred for Sevilla since his 2015 move from Stoke City, helping the Andalusians win the Europa League in 2016 whilst also earning two caps for France this year.
Allardyce managed N'Zonzi at Blackburn Rovers and even attempted to call him up for England in 2016, showing just how highly he rates the holding midfielder.
Yet with a move reportedly stalling after Sevilla switched manager from Eduardo Berizzo to Vincenzo Montella, Everton could miss out on N'Zonzi – and have reportedly targeted Watford star Doucoure as an alternative, after hitting six goals in 21 Premier League games this season as Allardyce seemingly prioritises the signing of a new midfielder this month.