By Joe Ellis

23rd Sep, 2022 | 7:10am

Everton set sights on Udinese forward Beto, scouts dispatched

Everton have dispatched scouts to watch Udinese forward Beto after his stellar start to the season, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The 24-year-old only joined the Serie A club in the summer after a loan spell with the club last season from Portuguese outfit Portimonense where he scored 11 goals in 28 matches.

But this season has been even more successful for the Portugal man who has netted four times in the first six matches of the new Italian season.

Everton are not alone in wanting to sign the six-foot-four striker with Fiorentina and Napoli hoping to keep him in Italy for much longer by beating the Toffees to the punch.

Napoli’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, even stated that he would be willing to pay £26.2million to sign Beto when the opportunity arises while Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga also keep a close eye on him to replace Sebastien Haller, who is out with testicular cancer.

Focal point

It seems like Frank Lampard wants his Everton side to have a target to aim for upfront and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin unable to keep himself fit, he will need to head into the transfer market to find an alternative.

Neal Maupay could be that but he lacks the sheer height required to be able to dominate Premier League defenders in the same way that Calvert-Lewin can.

His goal was very well taken against West Ham on Sunday and when the counter-attack is required he is a very good striker at linking the play and finishing what chances he gets.

But it is always beneficial to have a different angle of approach and a great big striker to play direct long balls to is exactly what Lampard desires.

Beto could be the man to fill that void but the £26.2million that Napoli are willing to pay might be too much so the Toffees could perhaps look to alternatives instead.