Everton have moved ahead of their rivals in the chase for frozen out Tottenham Hotspur and England winger Aaron Lennon, according to the Daily Mirror.
Roberto Martinez has identified the former Leeds United academy player as the solution to his winger issues, and the report claims that Lennon would pick a move to Goodison Park over potential switches to Stoke City, West Brom and Hull.
£7m price tag
However, the Merseyside club could struggle to meet the reputed £7million fee and may have to sell before they can buy, or look to a loan deal with the option for a permanent transfer in the summer.
New West Brom manager Tony Pulis could look to Tottenham's interest in Saido Berahino to encourage a player-plus-cash bid from the North London club, but Spurs feel the England U21 striker's fee is too high for unrealised potential.
Hull could offer a straight cash offer but Lennon seems uninterested in a return to Yorkshire to join fellow Spurs old-boys Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Michael Dawson.
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Lennon appears to have fallen behind Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela in the pecking order at White Hart Lane, and has failed to make match day squads in recent weeks.
That's damaging his international chances, and it remains to be seen if Mauricio Pochettino will call the player back in for Saturday's clash against Crystal Palace.
First team football
The player is thought to be reluctant to move from the club he has served for a decade but regular football at Everton may be just too tempting.
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