Everton have lined up Kevin Strootman as a long-term replacement for Gareth Barry, The Mirror reports.
It is believed the Roma midfielder tops the shortlist of manager Ronald Koeman to replace Barry, who turns 36 in February.
Koeman has been impressed with Barry since taking over at Goodison Park and the midfield veteran has continued to be a first-team regular, starting all nine of Everton’s Premier League matches this season and scoring twice.
Strootman, ten years Barry’s junior, was on Louis Van Gaal’s radar during his reign at Manchester United.
The Dutchman, though, has struggled with injuries and has consequently failed to make a success of his stay in Serie A due to two serious knee problems.