€18 million Everton transfer target not keen on the idea of joining a side battling relegation

Everton (Photo by OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE/AFP via Getty Images)
Everton (Photo by OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Everton are aggressively weighing their options in the transfer market as they search for a reliable centre forward who can help them propel to safety. Moussa Dembele is a player admired by the Everton hierarchy and they are ready to launch an operation to sign the Frenchman.

After being linked to the likes of Duvan Zapata, Marko Arnautovic, Arnaut Danjuma and many other strikers, Lyon striker Dembele became the latest forward to be linked with a move to Goodison Park. The 26 year old plays second fiddle to Alexandre Lacazette and has less than six months left on his contract.

Frank Lampard’s side desperately needs attacking reinforcements. Strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay have failed to fire. Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray are the team’s top scorers with three goals each.

Everton have a little over 10 days to sort out their finances and bring in at least two new faces in the attack as Lampard looks to save the Toffees from relegation and in turn even save his job as pressure continues to pile on the Englishman.

Moussa Dembele not keen on moving to relegation battling Everton

According to French media outlet Jeunes Footeux, the Merseysiders are still far from signing Dembele as he is not keen to join any side that is battling relegation. Everton have tremendous work on their part to do if they are to convince the 26 year old of making the switch.

The Toffees have been long time admirers of the former Celtic striker and were considering him as a summer signing when he will become a free agent. However, the lack of goals this season and the absolute necessity to bolster the attack has forced Everton to act quickly and fast track their plan to target Dembele.

On paper the deal isn’t complex as there are low chances of Lyon renewing Dembele and the French club wont stand in the way of a sale in January as this is their last chance to get a decent amount of a sale. In the summer, he will walk out as a free agent, thereby killing any chance of Lyon getting money through his sale.

Dembele has not ruled out a move yet but he prefers to stay at Lyon until the end of the season and start afresh next season. The second obstacle is that the Merseysiders are locked in a relegation battle and the 26 year old isn’t keen to join a side that is fighting for survival in the Premier League.

This leaves Everton in a dilemma. If Dembele isn’t keen, there is no point in chasing and wasting time. The focus should rather shift to getting targets that are plausible and are ready to try their luck at Goodison Park.

Next. Links to Michail Antonio and €18m Serie A forward reveals questionable Everton strategy. dark

Should EFC still push for Moussa Dembele?