Everton manager Sam Allardyce has set his sights on a former Blues record signing.
Ex-Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini, out-of-contract at Manchester United in the summer, has been linked with moves to Italian and Turkish clubs – but the opportunity for regular first-team football – he has started only five times this term, partly due to a knee injury – as well as a lucrative Goodison three-year deal could be key factors in any decision.
Allardyce is believed to be a big admirer of the 30-year-old Belgium international, who will be a key part of ex-Toffees boss Roberto Martinez’s squad at the World Cup in Russia.
Fellaini was a huge favourite at Everton, scoring 33 goals in 177 games in his five-year spell on Merseyside before switching to Old Trafford for a reported £27.5m fee in 2013.
Although he initially struggled at United, Jose Mourinho is a huge admirer of the player – although uncertainty over the future of the Portuguese coach with the Red Devils could also prove a factor in any decision.