By Matthew Shaw

11th Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Sporting CP are said to be rubbing their hands together as Everton line up a move for Issahaku Fatawu in January, according to CM Jornal.

The Portuguese outlet has reported on its website that the 18-year-old could bring in a minimum of €40million [£35.1million] as he gets set to represent Ghana at the World Cup.

Everton are not alone in their pursuit though, with Premier League rivals Manchester United and City and Liverpool all said to be in the race too at this moment.

Sporting CP may be said to be rubbing their hands together, but they don’t exactly want to hear offers for their young attacking sensation right now.

Another problem for them is that the £35.1million starting price appears to be no issue for any of the English clubs in the race, including the Toffees.

Wow.

Farhad Moshiri must be lining up something special for the Toffees in January.

Frank Lampard will no doubt have demanded a new number nine at Goodison Park in any meetings, but that need has now doubled given that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured yet again.

Neal Maupay has come in and has not done too badly, but we can’t continue with just one attacking option being fit at one time throughout the Premier League.

With some massive clubs interested though, financially this could be an issue.

If both Manchester clubs and Liverpool get involved, this could go way beyond £35million and that is where it could become a real issue for Lampard and Moshiri.

Fatawu is also only 18 years old, is he the kind of player we need right now? Or is a proven striker who can come in and cement that spot as his own more likely to get the fans onside?

These are the questions that need to be answered at Everton.