According to The Sun, Everton will make a move for West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans during the January transfer window.
Evans came close to leaving West Brom in the latter stages of the summer transfer window, with Manchester City strongly linked with a move.
The Baggies managed to keep hold of the Northern Ireland international, but it is understood that Evans will again press for a move away at the start of 2018.
Man City are still said to hold an interest, but according to The Sun, Everton are firmly in the race as the Toffees look for an established Premier League centre-back to ease their problems.
Everton are still without a manager after Ronald Koeman was relieved of his duties, and Sam Allardyce, despite the speculation, has not held talks with the Merseyside club.
Despite the managerial situation, the Toffees are believed to be making moves ahead of January, and Evans is high on their list of priorities.
Everton will have to battle Man City for the signature of Evans, meaning that any deal could turn out to be very expensive.
Michael Keane has struggled for consistency since arriving at Goodison Park, while Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka have also had their troubles in a defensive area.
Everton are desperate for an established and dependable Premier League performer, and there is no question that Evans falls into that category.
The 29-year-old, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has gone from strength to strength since leaving Manchester United for West Brom in the summer of 2015.
He was outstanding for the Baggies during the 2016-17 campaign, and was appointed club captain ahead of the new season.