Everton face competition from Sunderland for the signing of Harry Maguire.
According to a report in The Sun the 23-year-old defender has impressed both clubs despite Hull’s struggles towards the foot of the table.
Maguire has got 18 months left to run on his contract and is unlikely to agree to a new deal to stay on at the KC Stadium.
Ronald Koeman has been very active in the transfer market after failing to make many changes in the summer.
Reshaping the Everton defence is a priority with the arrival of Maguire likely to pave the way for the departure of Phil Jagielka to Sunderland.
Southampton’s need for Maguire could be increased if Virgil van Dijk is out with a long term ankle injury, with Jose Fonte sold to West Ham Claude Puel may have to reshape his entire defence.
Hull signed Maguire from Sheffield United in a £2.5m deal in 2014.