Everton are this morning being linked with West Ham central defensive target Angel Ogbonna as a replacement for Sylvain Distin.
The north western club have been monitoring the progress in talks between ourselves and Juventus and according to some reports will make a firm offer over the next few days.
However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Ogbonna is on his way to London for talks with the Irons as manager Slaven Bilic aims to conclude his third signing since taking over as boss.
The Hammers interest first became known via a case of mistaken identity when co chairman David Gold bizarrely welcomed Pedro Obiang, to the club.
Gold tweeted: “I am delighted to announce the signing of 23 year old midfield Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria. Pedro, welcome. dg.” but included a picture of Ogbonna rather than Obiang – before quickly deleting the message.
According to one morning report, however, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is willing to “spend big” in his bid to snatch Ogbonna away to Goodison.
But West Ham insiders remain confident they are in the driving seat to conclude a deal with Juventus reported as wanting €10m plus a potential further €2m in bonus payments for Ogbonna