Everton’s primary goal before the transfer window shuts tomorrow appears to be bringing in a central defender.
Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo and most recently Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma have all been linked with a move to Goodison Park (via Daily Mirror).
But as well as a new centre-back, the Toffees could also look to get a striker through the door ahead of deadline day.
According to L’Equipe (via Get French Football News), Everton remain in talks with Porto to sign Moussa Marega.
L’Equipe also reports West Ham are trying to bring in Marega, but Everton must ensure they are the Premier League side who land the Mali striker’s signature.
The Merseyside club look pretty light up front with no real competition currently present for Cenk Tosun.
Should the Turkish forward get injured, manager Marco Silva will have to rely on Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to provide his Everton side with goals, which would come as a concern for the Portuguese coach.
Niasse blows hot and cold, while Calvert-Lewin’s goal record is not the most convincing. Everton’s interest in Marega, therefore, makes total sense.
The £17.1m-rated (via Transfermarkt) 27-year-old, who is a quick and strong centre-forward, managed to score 22 goals in 29 Primeira Liga appearances last season and would serve as a great alternative to Tosun.
Marega, who is also capable of playing as a second striker and right winger, is clinical in the box and his overall goal-scoring ability is exactly what the Toffees need to fire them up the table.