By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Jan, 2023 | 9:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Ellis Simms is the man that is available but Everton need more up front, says Kevin Campbell, after the club missed out on latest attack target Iliman Ndiaye.

L’Equipe reported on 27 January that despite the Toffees offering Sheffield United £20million for their Senegal international, the player himself rejected the move.

Campbell, a BBC pundit, is adamant that the incoming manager Sean Dyche needs further additions up front, but given Ndiaye’s profile is similar to former Sunderland loanee Simms he is more interested in focusing on the player who is available.

He spoke exclusively to Goodison News and said in light of the latest pursuit of striker help in the Blades man: “Look at all the speculation you want. Ellis Simms is in the building as an Everton player. 

“He’s done well in the first half of the season for Sunderland, scored goals.

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“The new manager needs to be able to quickly assess and then makes some moves.

“At Everton it’s a mess, and it needs tidying up very fast.”

Ndiaye may be a full international at 22 but his scoring record for the Championship side isn’t dissimilar to his age-mate Simms.

The Blades man has 17 goals in the past two seasons, while Simms has netted 14 in that time across loan spells with the Black Cats and Hearts, and crucially he doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t need to be secured.

Campbell is right that more needs to be added because the youngster can’t take the full workload should Dominic Calvert-Lewin go down again, but he looks like a fair option to contribute in the new regime under Dyche.