Everton are keen to open talks with Leighton Baines over an improved contract as they look to stave off any renewed interest in the defender from Manchester United.
United failed in their attempts to prise Baines away from Goodison in the recent transfer window having seen a final bid of £15million flatly rejected.
Old Trafford manager David Moyes will keep tabs on the left-back’s situation with a view to launching a possible new approach for the England international in January.
Everton, though, want to reward Baines for his loyalty in contrast to Marouane Fellaini forcing through a £27.5m move to United on Monday by handing in a transfer request.
And Goodison officials have made a new deal a priority for the 28-year-old, who now has less than two years remaining on his current agreement.