Reports today have said Everton were moving towards a deal to sign Roma striker Tammy Abraham before his recent injury struck.
According to claims from Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport, the Toffees were in advanced talks with Abraham’s representatives about a move to Merseyside.
The fee was to be around £35 million for Everton to secure the former Chelsea striker’s signature and see him joining the Blues.
But of course, he then suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury and it has ruled him out for a long time, so sabotaging any potential transfer for the Englishman in this window.
Whether this story has any legs to it is very much open to question, especially the fee being quoted, which seems rather unlikely given the Toffees financial issues.
But, it would be typical of this club’s luck, for the Blues to be close to a deal for a new player only for him to then suffer a very serious injury!
Abraham didn’t have a brilliant campaign last time out with the Italian giants having only managed eight goals, however that would still have made him clear top scorer at Everton.
The season before though, the former Chelsea star had netted seventeen times, a much more productive return and of course he has plenty of Premier League experience.
Well, whatever the truth about this potential transfer, any possible deal is over and the Toffees will have to move on to other targets.
One other rumoured potential summer signing is Manchester United’s Wout Weghorst. Once again, there are stories doing the rounds indicating he might be coming to Goodison Park.
The former Burnley striker was apparently overheard talking about Sean Dyche again, promting speculation that he might well be re-uniting with his former manager. All pretty slim to be honest.
Weghorst hasn’t exactly been a roaring success in the Premier League, only scoring once last season with United after he was brought to Old Trafford by his fellow countryman Erik ten Haag.
Although he has some qualities, I don’t think the towering Dutchman is the answer to Everton’s problems finding a centre-forward who can not only provide the sort of focal point Dominic Calvert-Lewin can only so rarely do, but also score goals regularly.
If though he was to come to the club and worj with Dyche again, he would certainly seem to need goalscoring support alongside him to be a more effective target man.