Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz is on Everton’s target list as Frank Lampard expands his search for a new striker.
Blackburn, who are top of the Championship, rejected a £10million offer from Nice for the 23-year-old on Tuesday night.
Chelsea striker Armando Broja remains Everton’s first-choice option but with little progress in negotiations they are now considering other possible targets.
Lampard, who gave Broja his senior debut at Stamford Bridge in March 2020, wants a proven goalscorer to add to his attacking options, and Broja has impressed in that regard, scoring 10 goals while on loan at Southampton last season.
Brighton’s Neal Maupay and Coventry’s Victor Gyokores are also players of interest to Everton, Sky Sports News has been said.
Everton rejected Gordon offer from Chelsea
Everton are facing a battle to keep winger Anthony Gordon, after rejecting a bid worth between £35m and £40m from Chelsea for the 21-year-old.
The conversations between the two clubs have been ongoing for a few days but the London club have now formalized their interest. However, it is understood Everton are unwilling to sell the player and a new contract remains on the table for Gordon.
An improved offer from Chelsea could well test Everton’s resolve as Frank Lampard needs to add forward options to his squad before the end of the transfer window and a potential deal would increase the finances to achieve this.
Alli in talks over potential Besiktas transfer
Everton midfielder Dele Alli is in talks with Besiktas to join the Turkish club.
The deal could be a loan or a permanent move depending on how the talks progress.
Alli is in desperate need of more playing time after being used mostly from the bench since joining Everton.
Although there was no initial transfer fee when he joined the club in January, Everton would have owed Tottenham up to £40million if certain performance bonuses had been met.
The first £10million would be due after Alli’s 20th appearance at Everton. The club are also expected to pay Spurs 25% of any money they receive.
The 26-year-old has made appearances in both of Everton’s Premier League games so far this season, but only from the substitutes’ bench.
Since joining the club on transfer deadline day in January, Alli has made just one start – against Arsenal on the last day of last season – and has played just 13 times in total , without marking.
Alli was praised by Frank Lampard for his second-half impact in Everton’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace in May, which preserved the club’s Premier League status.
Lampard was questioned by sky sports earlier this month on the former Tottenham midfielder’s more regular use this season – given the absence of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the lack of a recognized striker as an alternative.
Alli had scored twice in a friendly win over Blackpool and was seen by some fans as someone who could function as a false nine in Calvert-Lewin’s absence.