Everton have set their sights on signing a new goalkeeper in January, Football Insider understands.
The Toffees face the prospect of losing Dutch veteran Maarten Stekelenburg, who is out contract at the end of the season.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that the club’s recruitment department, led by Marcel Brands, have turned their attention to bringing in a new keeper.
They may hold back until next summer if Stekelenburg sees out his contract.
But the Merseysiders have stepped up their scouting checks with a winter window recruit regarded as a real possibility.
It remains to be seen if Everton will bring in a young, promising keeper as back-up or push the boat out for someone capable of replacing number one Jordan Pickford.
The England keeper is firmly established as first choice at Goodison Park but there have been question marks over him since his excellent displays at the World Cup last year.
Pickford has started all 15 of Everton’s matches this season, including their three in the League Cup.
His number two Jonas Lössl, who was signed from Huddersfield in the summer on a free, is yet to make his debut.
Ex-Holland number one Stekelenburg, 37, has been on the bench for five matches this season but he has not had a single minute of action and is third in the ‘keeper pecking order in Marco Silva’s side.
Everton also have 20-year-old Joao Virginia, who is on a season-long loan at Reading but has not played for the last two months.