In another twist to the constantly shifting stories around transfers Everton are facing competition from several Championship clubs for another striker they have long been linked to.
That player is Swansea City’s Joel Piroe. The Dutchman had a strong season last term and netted nineteen goals in forty-three Championship games. That is a decent return.
Everton were said to be interested in a possible deal for the 23-year-old this summer, along with about twenty other strikers of course!
Many of those other names have since come and gone without joining the Blues, the latest being El Bilal Toure who has chosen Atalanta instead.
Piroe is a tall powerful centre-forward who again looks as though he might well be suited to the style of play favoured by Sean Dyche and therefore a plausible target.
Now, it is claimed that the Toffees will be in a race with both relegated Leeds United and Southampton if they want to sign the Swans hitman this summer.
On paper it sounds like Everton should still be in the box seat as they can offer Premier League football (at least for one more season anyway!) rather than another campaign in the trenches of the Championship.
However, given this club’s financial problems and struggles to attract and sign players over the last year or so, I wouldn’t put any bets on the Blues winning this race either.
I think there is once again a real danger the Toffees will find themselves in a losing race against the clock to add further attacking talent before the transfer window shuts.
Everton cannot be left relying once more on Dominic Calvert-Lewin (who is still not fully fit again) or Arnaut Danjuma alone to solve their chronic goal scoring problems.
With the news today that Dwight McNeil might have been seriously injured in the club’s latest pre-season fixture, this will only add more urgency to the critical need for further attacking reinforcements before then.