Everton look set to make a move for wantaway Southampton defender Jose Fonte according to the Mirror.
The 33 year old central defender has handed in a transfer request at Saint Marys and the South Coast club are rumoured to want as much as £12m for the player.
Evertonians are bound to be wary of the move due to the age of the Everton defence, which is currently being marshalled by 34 year old Phil Jagielka, 32 year old Ashley Williams and 32 year old Leighton Baines.
Fonte has been dropped from the Southampton EFL Cup squad against Liverpool after handing in a transfer request.
‘Jose doesn’t participate in this game,’ the Saints boss Claude Puel, 55, said. ‘We will see for the next game.
‘But for the moment, and with the situation of Jose, it’s important to keep the stability in defence.
‘We don’t know the future for Jose. It’s a difficult situation with the window [being open]. For the moment, I stay with stability in defence.
‘The club has given him the possibility to study different opportunities during the window and it’s important to respect this.
‘I respect Jose and I respect this situation. Of course, it’s not easy for him, for the squad, for the staff.
‘It’s difficult to play and have the good concentration with this situation. He’s a strong professional, a good professional, but it’s a particular situation and it’s important to respect this.’