Everton hope to find the long-term successor to right-back Seamus Coleman this summer.
A new full-back is on the Blues' shopping list and scouts are actively looking at the options but the club currently see a 'limited' market for players who fit the criteria they are looking for.
Norwich City's Max Aarons is under consideration by Everton transfer chiefs and with the Canaries making it known that they are resigned to losing the 21-year-old then a deal is there to be done.
But the ECHO understands that although Aarons' name is being discussed, Carlo Ancelotti has yet to fully run the rule over the player and so it remains to be seen if the Blues will step up their interest.
Aarons has been on the club's radar since he made his first-team breakthrough at Norwich in the autumn of 2018 and his progress has been monitored since.
Norwich rejected a £20m bid for Aarons in the winter transfer window - understood to be from Roma - and are likely to want much more for the England under-21 international with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also said to be circling.
The Canaries are also on course to return to the Premier League, after suffering relegation last season, and their promotion could drive up the asking price.
Brighton's Tariq Lamptey is also on Everton's radar and has admirers at Goodison.