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Everton are weighing up whether to make an offer for Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos, a report in The Telegraph claims.

The Toffees are said to be unsure as to whether the young Uruguayan would be granted a work permit, due to regulations introduced in 2015.

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If they do pursue a move, it is estimated that Lemos would cost around £18 million after a good season in La Liga.

The 21-year-old has garnered a reputation as an attacking threat, due in part to his proficiency from set-pieces.

He has bagged five league goals this term from centre-half, with three of those coming from direct free-kicks.

With a strong passing range and excellent positional awareness, Lemos is likely to attract interest from a number of top clubs in the coming months having already turned down a move to Barcelona last summer.

As he explained to Spanish publication Sport, joining the Catalan giants would likely have seen him warming the bench and could have halted his progression as a footballer.

However, with Las Palmas set for a lower mid-table finish to the current campaign, there is a sense that the time is now right for Lemos to make the jump to the next level.