By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Everton have registered their interest in youthful defensive pair Lewis Dunk and Michael Keane, according to a report.
Brighton centre-back Dunk and Burnley defender Keane are on the radar of incoming manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman is set to be unveiled by Everton after an agreement was reached on Tuesday between the Merseysiders and Southampton over a compensation package.
The Mirror claim that Koeman is keen to buy a Premier League-ready British defender as he prepares for the likely departure of John Stones and the club are keen to be kept informed about two emerging stars.
The Toffees are considering Dunk, 24, as well as former Manchester United man Keane, 23, who is also said to be the subject of strong interest from Stoke.
The duo are in Everton’s sights with the Merseysiders keen to bring in a young defender to freshen up their defensive ranks.
Dunk was a mainstay of the Brighton team that narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight this season, while Keane was an integral player for Championship winners Burnley.
There is also the possibility Everton could add a second more experienced centre-back, with Southampton’s Vincent van Dijk also a target for Koeman.
In other Everton news, the Dutchman could be ready to return to the south coast to sign another player.