Porto striker Mehdi Taremi has offers from Everton and Newcastle United on the table. The Iranian striker has had a successful season with Porto, netting 31 goals in 51 appearances this season. The Toffees are looking to sign a striker this summer and Taremi seems to be one of the several strikers that are being considered.
Everton manager Sean Dyche does not want to take a risk with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness, hence, signing a striker is a priority. Taremi posted amazing numbers last season and after an impressive season, the 30 year old spoke to the Iranian media (which was covered by Portuguese outlet Record), addressing his future and offers from Everton and Newcastle.
"At that time, I didn’t imagine that they would get such a good team that would qualify for the Champions League. They were fighting not to go down… I thought that staying at FC Porto was better. And we had many games in the Champions League, I couldn’t miss that. (via Sport Witness)"
Porto striker Mehdi Taremi not interested in signing for Everton
The 30 year old has also been linked with Premier League clubs Wolves and Manchester United. Taremi also has an offer from Everton but he is not keen to join the Toffees in England.
"Now there is an opportunity, but even now, for example, Everton’s offer doesn’t interest me."
Taremi has been Liga Portugal’s top scorer with 22 goals and has been generating a lot of interest. The player is about to turn 31 and although he has a €60 million release clause, he is valued at €18 million by Transfermarkt. In Taremi, Everton could sign an experienced striker but the player rejecting a move to EFC means he isn’t convinced of the project. Perhaps, Taremi wants to play European football but Everton cannot offer European football next season.
Everton need to move quickly in the summer transfer window or they risk missing out on their top targets. The Toffees are on course to miss out on Viktor Gyokeres, who is edging closer to a move to Sporting CP. Perhaps, the financial issues are impeding Everton’s movement in the transfer market. Dyche’s plan is to rebuild the squad but that cannot happen if the Toffees have very limited wriggle room in terms of finances.
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