Former Everton star Michael Ball believes that Tottenham Hotspur will rival the Toffees for the signing of Max Aarons from Norwich City this summer.
The right-back has been in superb form for the Canaries this season, with the club gaining promotion back to the Premier League.
Aarons has made 45 appearances in the Championship, scoring twice and registering five assists.
The 21-year-old is said to be at the centre of a transfer chase, as The Independent reports that he could leave for £30m this summer, due to an agreement he has with club.
Both Spurs and Everton have been linked with a potential swoop as they each look to bolster their defence.
Ball believes that Aarons has the ability to make the step up to Premier League level, and thinks that he has been identified as the Toffees’ number one target ahead of the transfer window, though he doubts the club will be dragged into a bidding war.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “Max has got that ability, he’s got that experience even though he’s so young. Everton are probably going to have a battle on their hands, there’s going to be many clubs looking at Max, abroad and in the Premier League.
“Tottenham are looking at him as well. Everton won’t want to go into a bidding war but I feel Max Aarons is probably Everton’s number one target if they can get the deal right for both parties.
“But I feel Everton might step away from the deal if it starts pushing up too high in a bidding war and look for other options but I feel Max is the right style and right player for our football club.”