Liverpool appear to face a battle with one of their fiercest Premier League rivals in the January transfer window.
According to Italian sources cited by talkSPORT, Everton are also interested in signing Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu - a player reportedly valued at £7 million who was linked with a potential switch to the Reds only yesterday.
23-year-old Badu arrived in Serie A back in 2010 and operates effectively in a defensive midfield role for the Bianconeri at Stadio Friuli.
An experienced Ghana international who has already amassed a total of 41 senior caps to date for the Black Stars, Badu could well provide adequate competition in a Liverpool midfield that has been exposed for a lack of depth of late after injuries suffered by the likes of talismanic captain Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen.
Everton, meanwhile, have recovered quite magnificently following the departure of David Moyes to Manchester United during the summer.
Under the tutelage of new boss Roberto Martinez, the Toffees have enjoyed an extremely prosperous opening to the 2013/14 campaign and currently sit fourth in the table on 37 points - one place ahead of bitter rivals Liverpool.
Quite whether Everton's marginally superior Premier League position would have too much bearing during a heated transfer battle, though, is not clear.
Liverpool, who have not won a top-flight crown since 1990, do still retain a considerable global pedigree that would presumably give them a crucial edge.