By Alex Stevens
Everton director of football Steve Walsh is keeping close tabs on Hull centre-back Harry Maguire, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Goodison Park transfer guru has been impressed by the performances of Maguire, 24, as he looks to strengthen the club’s back line this summer.
It is said that Everton are looking to sign three new defenders, with the centre-back and right-back positions the priorities.
Centre-half Ramiro Funes Mori has been ruled out for the season, right-back Seamus Coleman will be sidelied for a year following the horror injury he sustained on international duty and veteran Phil Jagielka is not expected to be at the club next season.
Everton are also closely monitoring the in-demand Michael Keane, whose admirers are growing by the week following his promotion to the England team.
The Merseyside club’s interest in Maguire comes as the Mail report that he has turned down a new contract at Hull.
This has alerted a number of Premier League clubs, including Middlesbrough and Southampton.
Maguire has been a mainstay of the relegation strugglers Hull this season, making 29 appearances in all competitions.
His contract at Hull expires in the summer of 2018, meaning they could be forced to cash in on him this summer, even if they are successful in avoiding relegation.
In other Everton news, there is friction at the club between manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh.