Everton were dealt with a blow in the chase of Kamaldeen Sulemana as the Ghanaian forward chose Southampton over Everton. The Toffees are looking at attacking options and are ready to resurrect their interest in Olympique Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
So far, nothing seems to be going Everton’s way as despite efforts no signing has been made on transfer deadline day. The Toffees are looking for strikers in the bid to improve the feeble frontline and add goalscoring options to the squad as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay have been underwhelming.
Everton also want to sign a winger as they sold Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United for £40 million after the academy graduate submitted a transfer request. With Sulemana deal now off, the Toffees are still looking for wingers in the market.
More importantly, EFC need a striker and have been linked to names like Viktor Gyokeres, Che Adams and Michail Antonio. Earlier in the window, Marko Arnautovic, Terem Moffi and Dembele were linked but those links died down as January progressed.
Everton reignite interest in Moussa Dembele
According to The Mirror deadline day blog, the Merseysiders have resurrected a deal for Lyon forward Dembele. The Frenchman was a target for the Blues but nothing progressed. The former Celtic man is in the final six months of his contract at Lyon and has been looking for an opportunity to leave the club.
Dembele has fallen down the pecking order this season and plays second fiddle to Alexandre Lacazette. The 26 year old has played 14 games and netted twice but has started only six Ligue 1 games.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Southampton launched a £3 million bid for Dembele which was accepted by the Ligue 1 side. However, Dembele has rejected the chance to sign for the Saints and the Toffees have reignited a move for the 26 year old striker.
Everton have a chance to sign a lethal striker for a bargain price of £3 million as Lyon try to get a modest fee for the former Celtic striker. There’s a risk of losing him on a free transfer and this is Lyon’s last chance to pocket any fee for the Frenchman.
If EFC can convince Dembele to make the switch, signing him would be seen as a major victory in the transfer market, especially for such a low price.
Will EFC manage to sign Moussa Dembele?