Everton are set to rival Liverpool in the race to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij.
That’s according to an article in the Echo which claims that Sam Allardyce has put the Holland international on his January transfer target list.
Liverpool were rumoured to have had a bid rejected for the Dutchman during the Summer and have kept him on a shortlist alongside his compatriot Virgil Van Dijk.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be interested in the prospect of pairing the two up at the heart of his defence next year and interest from Goodison Park would complicate those plans.
The report states that de Vrij is about to enter the final six months of his contract with the Italian club and that will see plenty of interest in his services.
Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are all said to be closely monitoring his situation and could rival the Merseyside clubs for his signature.
The prospect of teaming up with international colleague Van Dijk could swing things in Klopp’s favour, but he will need to convince Southampton to sell him first.