Wigan Athletic's in-form striker Hugo Rodallega has emerged as a summer transfer target for Everton, who have leap-frogged local rivals Liverpool in pursuit of the 25-year-old Colombian international according to the Daily Mirror.
With only a year left on his existing Latics deal, Rodallega has attracted the interest of a number of potential suitors in the Barclays Premier League.
Liverpool had long been linked with a move for the free-scoring front man who has been a revelation for Wigan since signing from Mexican side Necaxa, and currently holds the record as the Latics' all-time leading scorer in the top-flight.
Ex-Anfield boss Rafa Benitez was a confirmed admirer of Rodallega's, with the Spaniard allegedly trying to engineer a deal to bring him to Liverpool last summer before he was sacked by the Reds.
Since the arrival of 'King' Kenny Dalglish, and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, interest in Rodallega has seemingly waned, which has now paved the way for Merseyside rivals Everton to step up their pursuit.
Toffees boss David Moyes is keen to add another goal scoring threat to his forward options at Goodison Park, but is unprepared to pay the reported £10million fee that Wigan chairman Dave Whelan wants for one of his brightest stars.
Rodallega remains undistracted by speculation linking him with a move to Everton, and is instead fully focused on the current task at hand – to help Wigan in their fight for survival.
After netting in the weekend's basement battle that saw Roberto Martinez's side emerge victorious from Bloomfield Road, Rodallega will shelve any talk around his future until the season is finished.
If however, Wigan are relegated then it is likely that Everton will be able to negotiate a knock-down price for the talismanic striker, taking advantage of their need for financial security.