Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed he has made a bid for Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.
Blackburn made a £7.25m offer for the Scotland midfield man - but have so far failed to bag the midfielder.
Everton have now emerged as serious rivals to sign the 25-year-old before the transfer window closes.
Moyes revealed Everton's offer after the 2-2 draw against Charlton at The Valley.
He said: "We've made a bid for Barry Ferguson and now we will see what comes of that.
"Rangers have an important Champions League game on Wednesday, and it is only right that they concentrate on that first, but we have a serious interest in Barry."
While Rovers remain favourites to sign him, Moyes says Ferguson is a player he has admired for some time.
Everton pulled out of a deal to sign Fulham's £5.5m-rated Sean Davis on Monday because of the 23-year-old midfielder's problem with a knee ligament injury.
"I am trying my utmost to get some new faces in this week before the deadline, and I am trying to do as much as I can," said Moyes.
"Barry Ferguson is not just a flyer, we have got an interest in him and I have done for months and months, and he's another name who I would love to have here."
Last week, Ferguson submitted a transfer request after deciding to quit Scotland for the challenge of the Premiership.
Rangers confirmed on Saturday that they had received two firm offers for Ferguson - one from Blackburn and the other from an un-named Premiership side - and expected another on Sunday.
Rangers will be looking for between £7m and £8m for the player who has a £12m buy-out clause in his contract.