By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Everton are keeping close tabs on Portugal playmaker Rafa Silva, according to a report.

The Sun claim the Merseysiders are on the trail of the £8million-rated Braga attacking midfielder but face competition from Southampton and Premier League champions Leicester.

It is said that Everton manager Ronald Koeman has identified Silva as a target as he lines up a proven performer for the No10 role.

Silva, 23, was a key figure for Braga last season, scoring 12 goals and supplying eight assists from his 50 appearances.

He was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad but did not play after the 0-0 group draw with Austria.

Silva has been identified as Everton move closer to sign another Euro 2016 winner in the shape of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The Toffees have been linked with Carvalho numerous times this summer, with boss Koeman keen on adding a defensive midfielder to his squad.

Portuguese newspaper Record claim that Everton are showing great interest but they are reluctant to pay more than £20million.

Carvalho only signed a new Sporting contract earlier in the year which keeps him at the club until 2020, and the club inserted a £35million release clause into the deal.

The 24-year-old helped Portugal lift the Euro 2016 trophy nine days ago, as he played the full 120 minutes in a 1-0 victory over hosts France.

In other Everton transfer news, they are set to lose out to their Premier League rivals for a Euro 2016 striker.