Everton have been given a huge boost in their bid to sign Norwich City defender Max Aarons, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Premier League big spenders are in the market for a new right-back and have reignited their interest in the 21-year-old.
A Norwich source has told Football Insider that the club are prepared to sell Aarons even if they win promotion to the Premier League.
The Championship leaders are already looking at right-back targets to replace Aarons if anyone meets their £30m asking price.
The 22-year-old was targeted by the Toffees last summer but Norwich did not want to sell.
The change of stance ranks as a surprise as newly-promoted clubs usually hold on to their top talents as they benefit from the massively-increased broadcasting revenue that Premier League status brings.
Everton did sign Aaron’s Canaries teammate Ben Godfrey for an initial £20m rising to £25m and he has made a strong impact.
But that deal was agreed on the back of relegation and Norwich needed to cash in on some of their prize assets.
The Merseysiders believe Aarons has the potential to do as well as Godfrey at Goodison Park if they can agree a deal with Norwich.
Everton have used a number of different players at right back and right wing back this season.
Captain Seamus Coleman is the first choice but he is 32 and has started only 12 of the club’s 30 Premier League matches this season.
By contrast, Aarons has been a virtual ever-present for Norwich, starting 40 of their 41 Championship games.