By Dominic Toner
Everton are interested in signing Ipswich defender Adam Webster in January, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Toffees are considering a £4million offer for the 21-year-old as they look to bolster their defensive options.
The report details Everton will face competition from Premier League side Sunderland for the highly rated youngster and that Ipswich are prepared to listen to offers.
Webster has emerged as one of the best young defenders in the Championship after only competing a move to Ipswich from League Two side Portsmouth in the summer.
The centre-back has made 18 appearances this campaign for Mick McCarthy’s side and all of his games have come in the Championship.
He has made a smooth transition up to the Championship and the belief is that he could do so again in the Premier League.
Everton are yet to decided on their best two centre-back options this season and Webster could potentially challenge an unsettled backline for a starting position.
John Stones departed for Manchester City in the summer and Wales captain Ashley Williams has come in as his replacement.
The Toffees manager Ronald Koeman has rotated between Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori recently, but is yet to find his best partnership.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton will be hoping that they have targeted the next big English defender and that he could become a regular at Goodison Park. The 21-year-old has only spent a few months in the Championship level and is perhaps still too experienced to compete for a spot at Goodison Park this season. The Merseyside club do need some extra cover in the January window, but would be better served chasing a defender with top-flight experience. Everton also have youngster Mason Holgate waiting patiently in their squad and he should be given the opportunity to prove himself at centre-back. Webster’s meteoric rise is certainly an interesting story, but Everton need proven players to try help them challenge for a European spot.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are prepared to table a huge £40m bid for a Premier League duo.