Everton are in negotiations with Manchester United over the transfer of midfielder Darron Gibson, according to skysports.com
The Republic of Ireland international has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, having made just two appearances for the Premier League champions this season.
Gibson was reportedly on the verge of joining Sunderland during the summer, along with former United pair Wes Brown and John O'Shea, but a deal failed to be completed.
Having already brought in American Landon Donovan for a second loan spell at the club, manager David Moyes is planning another cut-price deal to help bolster his wafer thin squad.
Despite the limited funds available to Moyes, who spent just £250,000 during the summer on Greek striker Apostelos Vellios, the 24-year-old could cost The Toffees as much as £2 million.
Earlier this season owner Bill Kenwright came under fire from supporters, who questioned the club's direction after a lack of ambition was shown in the transfer market.
With just a fraction of the money available to their rivals to spend on their own squad, Everton have mustered 24 points from their 20 Premier League games, leaving the club 11th, while victory over Tamworth leaves them with an FA Cup fourth tie against Fulham last this month.
The signing of Gibson is unlikely to be the last Moyes will be forced into making in the January transfer window, with injuries to Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin leaving the club short at the back.