Derby County are eyeing a beat-the-deadline move for Everton midfielder Beni Baningime, Football Insider understands.
Rams boss Wayne Rooney is scouring the transfer market to bolster his side before Monday’s transfer deadline and is lining up a move for former Everton team-mate Baningime.
A Derby source has told Football Insider that Rooney has asked his old club about the central midfielder’s availability.
Rooney is an admirer of 22-year-old Baningime after playing with him during his second Goodison Park spell.
Baningime is well down the pecking order at Everton and Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is happy to loan him out.
A number of clubs have shown an interest in taking Baningime on loan but Derby are in pole position to land the defensive midfielder.
Baningime had a spell out on loan at Wigan during the second half of the 2018-19 season, but he made only one appearance during his time at the Championship club.
The DR Congo-born player has made 12 first-team appearances for the Toffees having progressed through the academy ranks at Goodison Park.
Derby are busy in the market negotiating incoming and outgoing deals before the transfer window slams shut.
George Evans and Morgan Whittaker are poised to leave Pride Park for Millwall and Swansea City respectively.
Derby have struggled in the Championship this season but have enjoyed a mini-resurgence since Rooney was appointed manager on a permanent basis on 15 January.
They have won three of the last four matches since that date and find themselves in 18th in the second-tier table.