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Everton must launch ambitious raid on Belotti to break the Premier League’s top six dominance

Everton must launch ambitious raid on Belotti to break the Premier League’s top six dominance

Everton could be about to make some serious investment into a pair of new wingers. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees are closing in on a £50m deal for Watford’s Richarlison, while the Evening Standard reports of interest in Wilfried Zaha, who Crystal Palace are believed to value at £70m.

Out wide is definitely an area of Everton’s squad that could do with some improvement.

And once that is eventually sorted, Silva should consider bringing in a new centre-forward to complement the possible additions of Richarlison, Zaha or whichever wide player the Portuguese coach manages to get through the door.

It was not too long ago Everton splashed the cash on Cenk Tosun, as manager at the time Sam Allardyce looked to bolster his options up front.

However, Tosun’s supporting cast of Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are not good enough alternatives to the Turkey international if Everton are serious about breaking the Premier League’s top six dominance.

Furthermore, Everton need to go out and potentially spend big again on another centre-forward, and Torino’s Andrea Belotti could be the answer.

Belotti, who is valued at £34.2m by Transfermarkt, was being touted for a big-money move to the Premier League last summer after an incredible 2016/17 Serie A campaign in which he scored 26 goals.

Belotti’s stock, though, has since dropped with the Italy international failing to replicate that sort of form again, registering just 10 goals the following season.

There is no denying Belotti’s talent, however. The 24-year-old is capable of scoring all kinds of goals and in a Silva team, which is expected to play free-flowing football and on the front foot, Belotti has the ability to hit his 2016/17 Serie A figures again.

Splashing out on another striker may seem unnecessary for some Toffees supporters but, the Premier League’s top dogs all have more than one elite player for the same position, and that is the level the Everton hierarchy want to get to.

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