Sources around Merseyside have revealed that Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates could be about to move across Stanley Park and sign on loan for arch rivals Everton.
Toffees boss David Moyes had originally been targeting a striker in the transfer window but an injury to England international Phil Jagielka, who has been ruled out for six-weeks, now means he has to find a suitable replacement.
The former Sheffield United defender will miss the upcoming league games against Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea, which leaves Everton with only John Hentinga and Sylvain Distin on the books that can play in the heart of the defence.
Transfer funds are non-existent at Goodsison Park, which means in usual Moyes style he will have to find a bargain or use the loan system to his advantage.
And he has set his sights on convincing Kenny Dalglish to allow the promising Uruguayan to join Everton for the remainder of the season.
The legendary Liverpool boss secured the capture of Coates from Nacional in August last year, but first-team opportunities have been limited because of the great form shown by Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.
The commanding centre-back, who stands at a towering 6ft 6in, is thought of as a real star of the future at Anfield and in his native Uruguay, and the club are not interested in selling him. However a loan move to a club where he likely get a lot of Premier League experience could be an option Dalglish is on board with.
All Everton would need to do is stump up the cash to cover his wages, apparently around the £35,000 per week mark, and give Liverpool a guarantee that when available to play, Coates is an automatic starter.