Everton are believed to be readying a £40million bid for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart amid uncertainty about his future.
The Toffees are on the lookout for a new shot stopper this summer after allowing Tim Howard to leave, while there are concerns that Joel Robles is not the right man to replace the American on a long-term basis.
Marseille No.1 Steve Mandanda has been linked with a move to Merseyside, as has Hellas Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
However, speculation has now suggested that Everton’s new owner Farhad Moshiri is ready to make a real statement of intent by landing England No.1 Hart from City.
Despite firmly being the first choice at the Etihad Stadium for the past six years, the 29-year-old’s future has been the subject of speculation recently amid reports incoming City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Marc Andre ter Stegen from Barcelona.
Should the German arrive in Manchester then Hart could face a fight for his place in the team, leading to Everton exploring the possibility of landing him in a club-record deal.
The Goodison Park outfit are said to be ready to offer Hart a contract worth £200,000-per-week in the hope they can persuade him to move on from a club where he has won the Premier League twice.