Everton are reported to be to trying and seal a January deal for French winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
Highly rated when he made his initial breakthrough at Lyon, Ben Arfa’s subsequently moved to Marseille in 2008, but he has fallen out with coach Didier Deschamps.
A number of clubs have been linked with a move, but Everton are now trying to seal a loan deal – with an option for a permanent transfer.
Everton officials were understood to be present in Marseille on Wednesday evening, as the home side secured a 2-1 win over Le Mans.
After the match Ben Arfa was asked about Everton’s presence at the Stade Velodrome.
When told of their interest by radio station RMC he said: “Really?
“Still, I am at Marseille. If they want to look at me, they look at me – that is their job.”