Toffees are preparing for life without their big-haired Belgium next season.
Everton want to replace want-away midfield player Marouane Fellaini with Paris Saint-Germain’s Clement Chantome this summer, according to reports in RMC Sport.
The France international has been at the Parc des Princes his whole career to date, having made his first-team debut for the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit back in the 2006-07 season.
And in the intervening period the 25-year-old has gone on to feature in 210 matches for the French giants, during which time the central midfield player has registered eight goals and one assist for the team cause, including five strikes in his 162 league outings for the Parisians.
As a result, new Toffees head coach Roberto Martinez is understood to be keen to bring Chantome, who made his les Bleus bow in a friendly international against Japan last October, to Goodison Park now that the summer transfer window has finally reopened for action.
The Spaniard sees Chantome as being the ideal man to take over from the club’s in-demand Belgium international, who himself is said to be desperate to push through his own £25 million transfer to Arsenal before the new campaign gets under way on Aug 17.
Chantome is contracted to the new Ligue 1 champions until June 30 2015, although the player is not expected to cost the Merseysiders more than £10m to purchase.