Everton are ready to take on Eredivisie giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven in the race for Hakim Ziyech, a youngster tipped to be the next great Dutch star.

The Toffees' boss Roberto Martinez revealed recently he had the 21-year-old Heerenveen midfielder watched several times in the closing weeks of the 2013-14 season.

And he is now ready to make a formal offer of around £2.5million to head off interest from Holland's two most powerful clubs.

Ziyech has emerged over the past year as the latest talent off the Dutch conveyor belt, and just missed out on making their full squad for the World Cup after starring for the U21s.

He is rated extremely highly in his home country, but has just one year left on his contract with Heerenveen, who have a massive reputation for nurturing young talent and selling it on.

That is why he could be available for a cut-price fee, and why Martinez wants to move swiftly and pull off something of coup ahead of PSV and Ajax, who have both expressed an interest.

The youngster can play in all attacking roles across the midfield, which is where the Everton manager is looking to strengthen his squad.