By Wayne Veysey

31st Mar, 2022 | 8:00am

Sources: Everton plotting move for Jannik Vestergaard after midweek transfer mission

Everton are plotting a summer move for Leicester City star Jannik Vestergaard, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Merseysiders’ new-look recruitment team are prioritising the capture of a dominant centre-back following a series of wretched defensive performances this term.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that Vestergaard is firmly on the radar of the club’s new director of football Kevin Thelwell.

The Denmark international was watched by a senior Goodison scout while playing for his country in their 3-0 win over Serbia on Tuesday night.

Vestergaard, 29, played the full 90 minutes of a match that will be fondly remembered for Christian Eriksen scoring and captaining his side to a win at the Copenhagen stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest last summer.

Vestergaard joined Leicester from Southampton last summer for a fee of around £15million.

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But he has not been a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ side despite the long-term injuries suffered by Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans.

Vestergaard has made just six Premier League starts among 20 appearances in all competitions.

His only two Premier League starts since early October have coincided with a 6-3 thrashing by Man City and a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.

But Everton’s recruitment team value the Dane’s aerial dominance – he is 6ft 6in – and Premier League experience.

Vestergaard spent three years at Southampton after signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2018.

He has made 82 Premier League appearances as well as played 33 times for Denmark.

In other news, ‘catastrophic’ Richarlison transfer update could be ‘crippling’ for Everton.