By Alex Stevens
Everton are clear favourites in what has become a cash-only race to land Joe Hart from Manchester City, according to a report.
The Sun claim City are refusing to allow Hart to leave on loan for the season either to a Premier League rival or a foreign club.
It is said the Manchester big hitters want a permanent deal and have set a £30million-plus valuation on the England international.
Sevilla have also been strongly linked with Hart but newly-rich Everton have the funds to afford Hart and recently banked £47.5million from the sale of John Stones to City.
The Sun report says Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is prepared to pay a huge fee and wages to sign the 29-year-old.
Hart was dropped from the City team for their opening two matches of the season and he looks set to leave in search of first team football.
BBC reported on their live sportsday blog (10.05am) on Wednesday that Hart does not want to commit to a permanent move with just two weeks left in the transfer window.
The Mirror claimed on Monday that Everton are keen to sign Hart and make him their first-choice despite new signing Marteen Stekelenburg impressing in goal during his debut against Tottenham.
Pep Guardiola has preferred veteran Willy Caballero in goal for his new look City side and Hart could now be given the opportunity to restart his career at Everton.
The England number one endured a difficult Euro 2016 campaign with some costly mistakes, as the nation were dumped out by minnows Iceland in the last 16.
Hart joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and has been a mainstay of the Premier League team during the Abu Dhabi era.
He is a firm favourite with City supporters for his leadership and commitment, and was a key player in the side that won Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.
In other Everton transfer news, Liverpool eye a 30-times-capped Holland international and the Toffees are interested.