Everton transfer news as Michael Olunga discussed internally at Finch Farm
Everton have discussed Kenyan striker Michael Olunga internally at Finch Farm as an option to solve the club’s goalscoring woes, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Olunga has scored goals for fun in recent years, netting 22 times from 49 appearances for the Kenya international side and scoring 22 goals from as many games for Al-Duhail SC in the 2022/23 season.
The 29-year-old is set to become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June.
A move to Everton would make Olunga the second Kenyan to play in the Premier League after Victor Wanyama’s spell at Spurs between 2013 and 2020.
Having scored just 34 goals from 38 matches in the Premier League last season, and main strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay netting just one goal apiece from open play, Sean Dyche’s need for goals is glaring.
However, with the club in the midst of a Financial Fair Play investigation and lacking funds to complete the Bramley Moore-Dock Stadium, it is still unclear what transfer purse the Englishman will be handed this summer.
A left-field option such as Olunga could make a lot of sense on a free transfer.
Although the 29-year-old is yet to hack it at any significant European league, he could be a punt worth taking, considering the lack of alternative options on Merseyside.
Manchester United frontman Wout Weghorst has been tipped with a move to Goodison Park in recent times, while Tom Cannon’s future following his highly productive loan spell at Preston North End is still a mystery.
Although no approach has been made, Olunga will have sent chins wagging within Finch Farm with his goalscoring form.