Everton are ready to ‘step up the interest’ in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
The lowdown: Perennial loanee
In that time, the 28-year-old has enjoyed spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Besiktas and Crystal Palace, taking his overall senior club goal tally to 136 in the process.
Having been linked with Everton earlier in the window, a well-informed onlooker has now suggested that the Toffees could be ready to make their intentions known for Batshuayi…
The latest: Everton could step up Batshuayi interest
He said: “Batshuayi has been mentioned to me with Everton as well. So, I wonder if the fact it’s gone quiet at Wolves maybe means that Frank Lampard is trying to step up the interest there.”
The verdict: Fingers crossed
Signing a player with Batshuayi’s proven goalscoring ability would be a superb acquisition for Frank Lampard, especially in light of the pair’s ‘really close relationship’, having worked together at Stamford Bridge previously.
Linked elsewhere to Valencia hitman Maxi Gomez, it now seems inevitable that Kevin Thelwell and co will attempt to add a genuine centre-forward at Goodison Park before the transfer deadline passes.
Last season, the powerful Belgian scored 14 times and provided five assists in 33 Turkish Super Lig outings whilst on loan at Besiktas, proof of a sharp eye for goal which would be of huge benefit to the Toffees’ attacking options.
Holding an estimated market value of £9m and into the final 12 months of his deal in west London (Transfermarkt), signing Batshuayi should be a wholly attainable possibility for the Goodison Park hierarchy given the 28-year-old’s absence from Chelsea’s matchday squad for their opening three league games of the season.
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