EVERTON are wanted by a mystery Indian group who are waiting on Americans 777 Partners failing.
They include a wealthy businessman who has been after Premier League clubs in the past.
The US bidders have a deal with owner Farhad Moshiri and are trying to sort out clearance with the football authorities and parties who are due money.
If those protracted talks collapse, the Indian team are on standby and have made contact with the club to make their interest known.
Meanwhile, the Toffees are checking on Wigan’s exciting young keeper Sam Tickle as they look for the next Jordan Pickford.
Boss Sean Dyche has sent spies to watch the 21-year-old, who is in his breakthrough season.
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He has attracted attention from other clubs but Everton could make a move if they can find the funds.
Everton are already dealing with a rather turbulent campaign in the Premier League.
That is because it is less than two weeks since it was revealed the league had recommended the Toffees face a 12-point deduction in its case against them for breaching profit and sustainability rules.
If the Merseysiders end up getting that punishment, then the club will drop to bottom of Prem table and become embroiled in a relegation battle.
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Everton are currently 15th with six points separating them from the drop.
Dyche’s men are trying to win as many points as possible and did so against Brighton as they drew 1-1 at Goodison Park.
Everton opened the scoring with Vitaliy Mykolenko before an own-goal by Ashley Young denied them the three points.