Everton make initial inquiries for £10.3m striker as player open to transfer

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Everton’s striker hunt has not progressed as the Toffees continued to be associated with a number of strikers but so far not a single forward has come through the doors at Goodison Park. Royale Union Saint-Gilloise striker Victor Boniface becomes the latest name on Everton’s list.

The Toffees have been looking for better striker options as Sean Dyche cannot rely solely on Dominic Calvert-Lewin. His poor fitness record raises concerns and Neal Maupay has proven to be ineffective to lead the line. EFC have sold Ellis Simms to Coventry City and remain open to offload Maupay.

Nonetheless, EFC need a striker and have tried to pursue deals for Viktor Gyokeres, El Bilal Toure, Iliman Ndiaye and others. Gyokeres has ended up signing for Sporting, meanwhile, Ndiaye is close to agreeing a move to Olympique Marseille. The Toffees remain in the race for Bilal Toure with the Merseysiders expected to up their bid after their offer fell short of Almeria’s valuation.

Everton inquire about Victor Boniface

Everton have now also asked about Royale Union Saint-Gilloise striker Boniface. According to journalist Sacha Tavolieri, Everton have taken initial information on the player’s side about Boniface. The Merseysiders wanted to know the possibilities of a transfer, although, no formal approach has been made to the Belgian club.

As things stand, Union SG have no offers on the table for the Nigerian striker. The 22 year old is said to be open to a move this summer after a successful season with the Belgian Pro League side. In 55 games, Boniface has scored 22 goals and assisted another 12 goals.

Everton’s striker search needs to speed up now as the Toffees are missing out on their preferred targets. Boniface joined Royale Union Saint-Gilloise last summer for €2 million. The Nigerian has proven to be an instant success and has seen his value sky rocket to €12 million, as per Transfermarkt.

Boniface’s desire could play a pivotal role in negotiations as he remains open to a move. It remains to be seen if Everton make a formal offer and if they do, does it match Union SG’s valuation as the player remains contracted till 2026.

The Toffees have also looked at other strikers like Joel Piroe and Kelechi Iheanacho. Perhaps, EFC are trying to generate funds through sales as their delicate financial condition doesn’t allow them to go big in the transfer market. Once they generate funds, EFC could move quickly in the transfer market.

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