Everton must not rush into a deal for Max Aarons and should instead put all their efforts into signing Tariq Lamptey.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Toffees were handed a boost in their pursuit of the Norwich right-back.
It is understood that Norwich will accept a £30million bid for the defender and are already searching for his replacement.
Brighton and England Under-21 right-back Lamptey is also widely reported as being an Everton target.
And Kenny insists that Everton would be better off trying to bring the 5 ft 4 in defender to Goodison Park.
“They could be making a mistake,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Would he want to stay at Norwich after they’ve just been promoted? It would be difficult for him to leave.
“But he is a Championship player, he’s not Premier League at the moment.
“It is a lot of money to pay for a player who has just been promoted but has only played one season in the Premier League.
“Lamptety could be the one. He’s a very good player. Everton are hit-and-miss. You don’t know what you’re going to get from them each week.
“They need to start getting a little bit more consistent. A right-back, you’d think, would be part of that.”
Lamptey, 20, signed a new contract with Brighton in January.
The Athletic report that his fresh terms are not a barrier to a potential transfer and will have no impact on the fee a buying club can expect to pay.