Everton have emerged as targets of a United States-led consortium takeover worth a potential £200 million, according to BBC Sport.
The group is led by John Jay Moores and Charles Noell, who previously expressed an interest in taking over Welsh-based Premier League club Swansea City.
Reports suggest the two have now turned their interest to the Toffees and have been in discussions with the Everton hierarchy for months.
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No official statement regarding the supposed takeover bid has been made by the Merseysiders, but speculation surrounding a sale by current chairman Bill Kenwright has been brewing over the last few years.
Kenwright, who bought the club from previous owner Peter Johnson for £20 million on Boxing Day of 1999, is a divisive figure among Evertonians, with many calling for greater investment in the squad and facilities of the club.
Indeed, just this season on the day of Everton's clash with Southampton, a fan group hired a plane to fly over the ground carrying a banner that read 'Kenwright and Co - #TimeToGo NSNO'.
Everton's last trophy came in 1995, when the club lifted the FA Cup. Since then, however, they have failed to sufficiently challenge for silverware, with their average net spend on players per season since 1999 standing at less than £3 million.
Roberto Martinez's side are currently ninth in the Premier League but only six points off a Champions League place. Competition is fierce, with Tottenham currently occupying the fourth spot and looking at their strongest since Gareth Bale's departure in 2013.
Key players Ross Barkley, John Stones and in-form striker Romelu Lukaku have all been linked with moves away from the club in recent times, with interest particularly high in Stones following a lengthy summer transfer saga and impressive season at the heart of Everton's defence.