Everton are making preparations for Seamus Coleman's departure by readying an offer for Leeds United star Sam Byram, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a £15 million move in recent days and it seems Roberto Martinez is preparing to let one of his most important players go.
The Toffees manager wants to make sure a replacement is lined up before allowing Coleman to go anywhere and has identified Byram as his No.1 candidate.
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Louis van Gaal has already missed out on Dani Alves, who opted to stay at Barcelona instead of moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer, and appears to have lost interest in Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne.
With Manchester United preparing to go on an extended pre-season tour of the USA in the next fortnight, Van Gaal wants to make sure the bulk of his transfer business is done by then.
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That could mean a bid for the Republic of Ireland international is imminent, leaving Martinez with the tough task of finding a replacement before their own pre-season preparations get underway.
A fitting replacement
Byram, 21, is one of the brightest starlets outside of the Premier League and was courted by both Arsenal and Manchester City when he first broke through the ranks at Elland Road in 2013.
Leeds have rejected a £4.5m offering from Southampton in the past and placed an £8m price tag on his head shortly afterwards.
But he currently has just 12 months left on his contract and would come cheaper than the £15m touted for Coleman. With the versatility to play at right-midfield, Byram would come with the attacking flair that Coleman has used to flourish at Goodison Park.
United's mud-sticking tactics
It now all depends on what Manchester United do. The Red Devils are up to their usual tricks and seem to have their fingers in a number of transfer pies.
They're currently trying to broker one of the biggest deals in history for Sergio Ramos whilst also bidding for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin as well as negotiating the sale of David de Gea.
Ed Woodward will have to be careful not to repeat his mistakes of two summer's ago when failed deals for Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara left Marouane Fellaini as United's only major summer signing.
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