Bournemouth hope to make Ryan Fraser their highest-paid player, but are worried over the lack of progress being made in contract discussions, and that may tempt Everton to make a £20 million bid in the summer, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (10/3; page 61).
Fraser has enjoyed the remarkable season with the Cherries. The 25-year-old has scored six goals and contributed 10 assists in 30 Premier League appearances this term - only Eden Hazard has provided more assists this season.
Unsurprisingly, Eddie Howe is hoping to agree a new contract with the Scotland international.
But The Sun on Sunday (10/3; page 61) reports that their attempts to get Fraser to commit to a new £100,000-a-week deal are yet to lead to an agreement, and that may leave the door open for a summer sale.
The report adds that Everton are prepared to pay £20 million to sign Fraser during the upcoming window. No player in Marco Silva's squad has had a direct hand in as many goals this season, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison the only members of the Toffees side to reach double figures.
Everton fans will probably want to see a new striker listed as the number one target for the summer. But Fraser's creativity could make him an excellent addition - particularly if the Toffees are able to complete a deal for £20 million.