By George Overhill

11th Aug, 2022 | 7:40pm

Everton may have found striker answer with Che Adams keen on switch from Southampton

Che Adams is “keen” on a switch to Goodison after Everton made their move to sign the Southampton striker, according to the Daily Mail.

The Scotland international scored eight times for Saints last season and is being targeted to solve the Toffees pressing need up front in the absence of the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

While the south coast club aren’t publicly looking to sell the 26-year-old they are reportedly ready to let him go this summer.

Adams, who has scored 21 goals and assisted 12 in his time at St Mary’s, didn’t feature as his side were thrashed 4-1 at Tottenham on the opening weekend.

The Mail report says that he is interested in the move to Everton, but the club could still face competition from Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Wolves.

They have therefore made a break ahead of the pack to bring him in and have approached his club about signing him.

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There is a glaring hole in the Toffees attack currently, which will be filled by Salomon Rondon when he’s back from suspension but that probably won’t reassure fans greatly after one Premier League goal last season.

Frank Lampard needs someone now who can offer a viable goal-threat or the good work that the club has done recently in the transfer market is likely to be undermined, although some is proving harder to complete than others.

Adams isn’t a prolific marksman, but his return last year was solid and represents an obvious upgrade on the Venezuelan, who is currently the only recognised forward available.

The main priority remains getting Calvert-Lewin back to full fitness in the hope that he can finally reprise his role as the star striker at the club.

He has had a horrendous year luck-wise and that has extended to the new season with a six-week lay-off, which makes it a risk to rely entirely on his return anyway.

As long as Adams can be signed without shelling out an unreasonable fee this is surely a deal that has to just be done and done fast as Lampard looks to bounce back from the loss in the opener to Chelsea.