With reports on Tuesday claiming Idrissa Gueye was growing confident his move from Everton to Paris Saint-Germain would go through, it’s normal to see the Toffees linked with a number of alternatives.

France Football claimed Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré was one of them, but the Hornets’ €50m demands for their midfield star were a tad too high, meaning other players will be supervised.

Among those, according to Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi, is Napoli’s Amadou Diawara, who has barely played under Carlo Ancelotti this season (12 appearances in all competitions, totalling 645 minutes of football).

However, there’s a big difference between keeping an eye on and actually making a move for a player, as he explained to Radio Kiss Kiss, relayed by CalcioNapoli24.

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He said: “Is there interest? Sure, we have a similar player in Gueye. Swapping clubs midway through the season doesn’t make sense. He’s playing Champions League, we are not, so it’s not something concrete.

“He’s definitely an interesting player, which is why we’ve put him in our notebooks and on the board so one day we can say ‘we recommended him’.”

However, Jacomuzzi also made it clear that Premier League clubs, including Everton, were not currently working on deals for next summer in January.

That’s just not how things work, as clubs ‘don’t think about the long run’ and just come, spend and buy all in one swoop instead.