By Declan Walsh

3rd Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

Everton want emergency free agent signing as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomon Rondon blows emerge

Everton are in the hunt to sign a striker who’s a free agent with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomon Rondon set to miss the start of the season, according to Fraser Fletcher.

The freelance journalist, who’s previously worked with BBC Scotland and Breaking The Lines, reported via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night (2 August) that Calvert-Lewin, 25, is set for a scan on a new injury he’s sustained while Rondon, 32, is currently suspended.

Both strikers could miss Everton’s Premier League opener against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday (6 August) and due to their striker shortage, it is understood that they are seeking an “emergency back up” option.

Fletcher says that the Toffees are exploring the Bosman market so they can add to their strikeforce without spending any money on transfer fees.

Who to get?

Everton are going to struggle to sign a big-name free agent like Andrea Belotti or Edinson Cavani because they’re bound to ask for big wages and also ask for a starting spot even when Calvert-Lewin is fit.

But there are some strikers available who just about fit what Everton are likely to be looking for.

Frank Lampard’s transfer strategy this summer has seen him sign players who have been tried and tested in the Premier League in recent years.

Looking at the list of available strikers on transfermarkt, a couple of names stand out who might be achievable who have some experience of playing in the Premier League.

Former Bournemouth and Sheffield United player Lys Mousset, who’s 26 years old, is one of them while another is Matej Vydra.

The 30-year-old is a free agent after leaving Burnley at the end of last season and he’s got over 100 Premier League appearances under his belt and played with James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil at Turf Moor.

If Everton want to be more adventurous then they should look at Jordan Larsson, a 25-year-old Sweden international who’s a free agent because he cancelled his contract at Russian side Spartak Moscow.