Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt is attracting interest from Everton, as Sam Allardyce wishes to improve upon the defensive liabilities rife at the club.
However, the Toffees have conceded the fifth most goals in the league - worse than all three promoted teams - despite ample spending in the summer.
Consequently, the club are looking at reinforcements to plug the gaps and the Daily Mail claim Hoffenheim's Kevin Vogt is being eyed as a candidate to alleviate the stress on the back-line.
The Merseyside Blues have also been linked with Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi as Davy Klaassen has largely failed to impress since arriving from Ajax.
Meanwhile, Vogt has been an integral player for Hoffenheim since arriving in the summer of 2016 from 1. FC
Vogt may be a familiar name to many Everton fans, having played against Liverpool in the Champions League play-off in August.
The 26-year-old has experience in midfield too, having played there for FC