Everton are working on a deal to sign Man United star Anthony Elanga this month, sources have told Football Insider.
The forward, 20, is one of the Merseysiders’ top targets as they look to recruit up to two forwards in the final fortnight of the January window.
Everton are in negotiations to land Elanga but face competition to land him from Premier League rivals.
Frank Lampard’s side must also wait for the green light from United for Elanga to go, on what is likely to be a January loan exit.
He has grown increasingly frustrated by his lack of game time at Old Trafford and that is unlikely to change following the loan capture of Wout Weghorst.
Everton’s recruitment team have let it be known to agents they want a target man to provide cover and competition for injury-plagued Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The relegation-threatened club also want a more versatile forward with the pace and mobility to stretch defences and provide cutting edge on the counter-attack.
Elanga fits the latter bill and has already demonstrated since his breakthrough 2021-22 campaign that he can cause problems to Premier League opposition.
The £18million-valued Sweden international has started just seven times for Man United this season after his three-goal breakthrough campaign in 2021-22.
He started up front on Tuesday night as a re-jigged United team overcame League One outfit Charlton Athletic 3-0 in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Frank Lampard’s main issue this season has been finding the back of the net, with only Wolves and Nottingham Forest scoring less than Everton’s 13 goals this season.