Everton are close to securing a deal to sign Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a season-long loan.
The 22-year-old was previously linked to Rennes but is now in talks over a move to Everton following their failed attempt to bring in Gabriel Magalhaes, who joined Arsenal from Lille in a £27m deal.
Everton have been on a £65m transfer spree, signing three players in the last four days – midfielders Allan from Napoli, James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford.
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti now wants to focus on defensive reinforcements having seen his side struggle defensively and manage only five clean sheets in 21 games since his appointment in December.
Tomori impressed during the first part of Chelsea’s last Premier League season and was called up to the England squad in October before making his senior debut in November.
He signed a new five-year deal in December but later fell out of favour under Frank Lampard and did not play a single minute after the season was resumed in June.