By Alex Stevens

Everton are set to win the race to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United in the January window, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Schneiderlin is “close” to sealing a move to Goodison Park after a breakthrough in talks between the two clubs.

It is said that the France international and his representatives have been talking for weeks, including last weekend, about the figures needed to smooth his exit from Old Trafford.

United want to recoup the entire £24million fee they paid for Schneiderlin when they purchased him from Southampton in the summer of 2015.

The midfield anchorman is keen to retain his £115,000-a-week wages at his new club and the report states that the Merseysiders are willing to make him one of their highest-ever earners.

There have been reports of West Brom trying to hijack Everton’s bid for Schneiderlin but Ronald Koeman’s side are in pole position to imminently push through a deal.

The 27-year-old has been surplus to requirements at United since Jose Mourinho took over as manager in the summer.

He has not started a Premier League match this season, with all three of his appearances in the competition coming as a substitute.

Football Insider verdict:

Schneiderlin might not be Mourinho’s idea of a top-notch midfielder but that does not mean the Frenchman will not be a big hit at Everton. With Gareth Barry about to blow out 36 candles on his birthday cake, Schneiderlin will bring much-needed energy and mobility to the Goodison engine room and should provide a strong alliance with Idrissa Gueye, the best of Koeman’s summer signings. Schneiderlin is a France international and a proven Premier League performer. He is set to join an ambitious club who suddenly have deep pockets. It is a deal that should benefit all parties.

In the latest Everton transfer news, the club are in talks to sign three midfielder in January, although one deal has hit a stumbling block.