By George Overhill

17th Aug, 2022 | 5:10pm

Everton have Armando Broja top of five-man striker list that includes Ben Brereton Diaz

Everton have Chelsea striker Armando Broja top of a five-man list of targets to address their gaping hole up front, according to Sky Sports.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin out Frank Lampard has been playing Stamford Bridge target Anthony Gordon as a false-nine and has lost the first two games of the season.

Salomon Rondon is not seen as being a strong enough goal threat so the club are after another body at the position as a priority, and the list of targets now includes Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz who has been subject of a failed £10million bid from Nice, along with Brighton’s Neal Maupay, Coventry’s Viktor Gyokeres, and Southampton’s Che Adams.

Sky Sports’ Alan Myers wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning (17 August): “Everton have expressed an interest in Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz, the Chile international is one of a number of players being considered by the club, which also includes Broja, Maupay, Gyökeres and Adams.

“Nice have had a bid of around £10M pound rejected for BBD”.

In addition, it was revealed on Sky Sports News by host Rob Wotten, in a clip posted to the Football Daily Twitter account: “Chelsea’s Armando Broja remains Everton’s first-choice option, but with little progress in negotiations they’re now looking at other possible targets.

“Frank Lampard wants a proven goal-scorer to add to his attacking options, and Broja impressed in that regard.”

Time running out

Plenty would choose the Albanian youngster who did well on loan at Southampton last season from that list, but as the other suitors for him appear to have moved on for the most part, the Toffees can’t afford to wait much longer after chasing him for most of the summer.

Brereton Diaz and Gyokeres might underwhelm fans as options from the second tier, but there is certainly a sense that the Chile international is on an upwards trajectory.

He appears to have outgrown the Championship, having improved from a single goal three seasons ago, to seven, then 22 last year.

He may not be ready to shoulder the entire load full time so there could be some concerns about how quickly he would adapt to the top flight, but with Calvert-Lewin still the top man in theory it would make sense if and when the Englishman gets fit.

Adams, Broja and Maupay at least have all proven that they can score goals in the Premier League so they are no doubt going to be safer options, but the Ewood Park man feels like a wild-card who could pay off.

It will surely depend on prices, since his manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has already stated, via the Lancashire Telegraph: “Money will decide what happens”.

The Toffees must now pick a target and go for them so they don’t end up in the race for multiple options and without being strong enough for any.