The Blues are said to be in a three way battle with Newcastle and Brighton for the signature of Bristol City’s highly rated left back Joe Bryan, according to the Mirror.

It is thought £7 million is the Robbins’ asking price for Bryan.

Sam Allardyce is looking for reinforcements at left full back with Leighton Baines’ absence proving a real thorn in the Toffees’ side.

The 24-year-old scored Bristol’s first goal in their historic 2-1 win over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter final back in December.