Everton could throw a Premier League lifeline to Lucas Neill.
Currently a free agent after his contract expired at West Ham, the Australian defender has been in limbo ever since.
With the Toffees enduring a torrid start to the new campaign and losing key defender Joleon Lescott to Manchester City and captain Phil Neville to injury, solid defending and leadership is the order of the day.
Neill being a former skipper of both Blackburn and West Ham hold him in good stead and the fact he marshals the troops in defence in Australia’s national team also bodes well for what Toffees boss David Moyes is looking for.
The 31-year old is eligible to sign outside the transfer window due to him being a free agent and may sign a deal that takes him to the end of the season to join his Socceroos teammate Tim Cahill at Goodison Park.
"Negotiations were continuing ... but he is ready to agree to Everton's offer of $A76,321 a week, and could sign a deal that initially takes him to the end of the season, with an option for a further year," the Daily Mirror reported.