By Harvey Byrne

Everton are monitoring Hoffenheim duo Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule, according to a report.

The Mirror has claimed that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has sent “spies” out to watch the Germany internationals “several times this season”.

Rudy, 26, is a defensive midfielder with 12 caps to his name for the 2014 World Cup winners.

He can also cover the right-back and right-midfield positions and has played 12 times, providing four goals and scoring one himself this season.

It is reported in the Mirror that Koeman sent scouts out in midweek to watch Rudy as he played the full 90 minutes in his country’s 0-0 draw with Italy.

Meanwhile, Sule has been “linked with Liverpool and Tottenham this season” and the 21-year-old is now creating a name for himself after winning his first senior international cap in August.

The young prospect has played 10 times for his club this season in the centre-back position and has played a key part in the team as Hoffenheim sit in sixth place after 10 matches in the Bundesliga.

The German side still have a safety net with Sule as he has just over two years left on his current contract, but Rudy has entered the final year of his deal and the Mirror states: “Hoffenheim must now decide whether to sell in January for around £3.2million or let him go for nothing at the end of the campaign.”

Football Insider verdict:

Everton will soon need a replacement for the ever-ageing 35-year-old Gareth Barry and Rudy certainly has the credentials to come into the Premier League and slot in for the midfield veteran at a very low cost. The Toffees have the same problems in the centre-back positions too – Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are 32 and 34-years-old respectively. Both players have one or two years left in them at the level that Everton are for and now would be the perfect time to bed in a young centre-back, who can also learn from the two experienced players.

In other Everton transfer news, Ferguson has asked Koeman to sign this Premier League star.