Everton are closing in on signing Algerian striker Yacine Brahimi from Porto, according to the reports.
The African star, who was born in France and has netted 22 goals in 86 games for the Portuguese club, was also a potential target for Chelsea and Arsenal.
However, he could be on his way to Merseyside, with the Daily Mirror suggesting that additional talks have taken place between the two sides after Porto resisted Everton’s original progress.
The 26-year-old attacker was a key player for Algeria national team that hugely impressed during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring in the Group Stages against South Korea.
The Portuguese club wants at least £35m for the striker because they have to give half of the transfer price to a third party who also own a stake in the footballer.
They turned down Everton’ first offer of £25.5m.
Brahimi turned a big money move to China and was hoping to transfer to a Champions League side.
Brahimi’s dribbling skills are so refined he is often simply unplayable. Although a potent weapon when out wide and attacking the by-line, he is arguably even more effective when drifting inside, his tight control, intelligent combination play and clinical finishing making him a nightmare for opposition defenses.
However, the striker is reportedly open to a move to Everton after being impressed by the side’s ambition under new buyer Farhad Moshiri.
The Algerian star would become The Toffees sixth summer signing following the arrivals of footballers involving Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams.
The Merseysiders continued their unbeaten streak under new manager Ronald Koeman with a 1-0 triumph over Stoke on Saturday.