Everton have been linked to numerous strikers in the summer. The links have only increased since Dominic Calvert-Lewin suffered a knee injury putting him out for six weeks. Strasbourg forward Ludovic Ajorque is the latest striker being looked at by Everton.
Richarlison left this summer, joining Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £60 million. Since then, the Toffees have been on the hunt for a new forward to support Calvert-Lewin. To make matters worse, Calvert-Lewin suffered a freak knee injury in training ahead of the first game of the season, ruling him out for six weeks.
The Toffees want to bring another striker who can share the goalscoring load. Previously Chelsea duo of Armando Broja and Michy Batshuayi were strongly linked to the club, in fact, Lampard is still keen on Broja but the interest in Batshuayi has tapered off.
Even though Everton signed Dwight McNeil to strengthen the flanks but the Merseysiders are desperately looking for a striker. Manager Frank Lampard spoke after the game against Chelsea that the club wants to sign a striker to replace Calvert-Lewin when the 25 year old is unavailable.
Everton interested in Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque
According to Get French Football News, Everton are mulling over signing Strasbourg striker Ajorque, who has also been linked with Newcastle United this summer. Apart from English sides, there was Hertha Berlin who tried to sign the 28 year old, making a €10 million (£8.4 million) offer to the French side.
In response, Strasbourg had slapped a €15 million (£12.6 million) price tag on Ajorque. LOSC Lille also wanted to sign the striker but the Frenchman rejected a move to Paulo Fonseca’s side. Ajourque netted 12 goals in 36 Ligue 1 games last season and was one of the key reasons why Strasbourg finished sixth in the league.
Everton know that they will have to empty around €15 million from their pockets to sign the 28 year old who still has two years left on his current deal. Ajourque comes with a fair share of experience of European football and also was an integral part of the Strasbourg side that lifted the 2018-19 Cuope de la Ligue.
Much like Calvert-Lewin, Ajoruque likes to get on the end of crosses and use his aerial ability to score goals. Standing tall at 6 feet 4 inches, the Frenchman can be a menace in the air, causing all sorts of problems to defenders in the goal area. His hulking figure allows him to shield the ball and hold up the ball with ease.
Bringing him to Everton will mean that the Toffees bring a player in the attack, towards whom crosses can be aimed and there’s little chance he wouldn’t connect.
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