By Alex Stevens

Everton are keen to negotiate a cut-price January deal for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to a report.

The Sun claim the Merseysiders have opened talks with United over a deal to land the France international next month.

It is said that contact has been made between the two Premier League clubs after Toffees manager Ronald Koeman made Schneiderlin one of his January priorities.

The Sun report that United have placed a £25million valuation on Schneiderlin as they aim to recoup the £24million fee they paid for him to Southampton in the summer of 2015.

However, Goodison Park officials want to land the midfielder at a relatively bargain price due to his place in the United pecking order.

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Schneiderlin is behind Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and even former outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger in the battle for central midfield places.

The Frenchman, 27, has not started a Premier League game this season but Koeman is a big fan of a player who is proven player in the top flight, with 127 appearances in the competition to his name.

Football Insider verdict:

It is little wonder that Everton want Schneiderlin on the cheap. Mourinho clearly doesn’t rate him, and he wasn’t exactly a regular under Louis van Gaal, either. United are dreaming if they think they can recoup the £25m they spent on the Frenchman 18 months ago. Everton are right to start negotiations early and try to land an early January deal for a player who has proved he can cut it in the Premier League.

In other Everton news, fans panned international as a liability after his display in the team’s 3-2 defeat to Watford on Saturday.