The Toffees would appear to be hoping to strengthen the department in January as speculation continues to link the club with a move for Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek.
However, the Dutchman may not be the only option as former England favourite Winks is now believed to be on the radar at Goodison Park.
This season Winks has once again struggled to hold down a first-team spot and has only made five fleeting appearances across all competitions – including just 60 minutes of Premier League action.
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It wasn’t so long ago that the cultured midfield ace was a regular for both club and country.
Still only 25, it would appear Winks is in need of a minor resurrection.
Having already rekindled Andros Townsend’s career, Everton will be hoping an initial short-term loan switch can kickstart the Englishman and in turn boost the Blues’ own European hopes.
Capable of operating either as a deep-lying midfielder or in a more advanced role, Winks would be the ideal mid-season addition to Rafa Benitez’s squad.
Valued at £18million and under contract until 2024 in London (Transfermarkt), an immediate permanent switch would represent too much of a risk.