Everton must tie up a deal with Sheffield Wednesday and England U20 youngster George Hirst after it emerged that the Toffees were interested in the player.
The 19-year-old has already turned down the offer of a new contract from the Owls which means that he can arrive at Goodison Park on a free transfer this summer.
With the Toffees attack one of the most frequently criticised areas, there is a desperate need for an injection of pace.
Hirst has that and more.
The youngster has already notched up four goals in five outings for the England U20s and his form has caught the eye of Manchester United and Leicester City too.
However, if a move for the striker is going to come off, it won’t happen with Sam Allardyce at the helm.
Big Sam is known to favour, by and large, players with greater experience who he knows he can rely upon to do a solid job for him.
An unknown quantity like Hirst – the son of David Hirst – would not fit the Allardyce mould.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay has confirmed there is interest in his player and admitted that it would be difficult to keep hold of the forward.
If the likes of Marco Silva or Paulo Fonseca were to come in during the summer, they are the types of manager that would see the youngster’s potential and show the confidence to make Hirst a star of the Premier League.