Everton are now focused on signing Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres in the final hours of the January transfer window, according to Alan Nixon.
The newspaper journalist has reported that the Toffees will need to cough up £25million for the Swedish talisman, who has not made a fuss to leave this month.
Focus has switched to Gyokeres after Sheffield United striker Illman Ndiaye opted to turn down a move to Goodison Park despite a package being agreed.
Writing on his official Patreon page [30 January, 11:55], Nixon shared the latest on the hunt for a new number nine at Goodison Park over the next 24 hours.
“Everton will have to come up with £25million to sign Swedish striker Viktor Gyokeres from Coventry City,” he said.
“The Sky Blues have turned down bids at various levels for their hit man and won’t do business unless the figure reaches their valuation. The Toffees are now focused on prolific Gyokeres after Illman Ndiaye opted to stay at Sheffield United despite their £22million package for the Blades.
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“Gyokeres has not made a fuss about the Premier League interest and Everton’s only way in is to come up with the money.”
There are no excuses at Goodison Park between now and the 11 pm deadline tomorrow [31 January].
Anthony Gordon has been flogged to Newcastle United for an upfront fee of £40million, with a potential £5million following later down the line, so cash is available and ready to spend.
£25million is a lot of money for an unproven striker at this level, but with Sean Dyche coming in, he has a track bringing in players from lower levels and transforming them.
Gyokeres knows exactly where the back of the net is, and that is something that the Toffees have been crying out for way too long now, with Richarlison not being replaced.
Add to that the woes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay, and more is desperately needed in the final third for Everton, and the fans who are forced to watch.
It will be interesting to see what the next 30+ hours bring, but the money is there to go – will it be spent?