New Everton boss Ronald Koeman is reported to have made £27million-rated Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum his number one transfer priority.
Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham have previously been linked with a move for the Holland international but the Daily Mail are reporting the Toffees are set to firm up their interest.
An offer could be made as soon as this week, with Koeman a long-term fan of Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum cost Newcastle £14.5million last summer, scoring 13 goals in 48 appearances for the club in their unsuccessful battle against the drop.
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Meanwhile, Newcastle United are ready to raise their bid for Blackburn Rovers captain Grant Hanley.
The club has had two offers for the defender rejected by the Championship club.
Blackburn value the 24-year-old in the £6million bracket.
And Newcastle, having had a second bid of £4.5million turned down, are expected to submit a significantly increased offer, including add-ons, this week.