‘Talks are not advanced’ – Journalist addresses links to €30 million Everton target

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Everton are looking to add reinforcements to their striker department before the transfer window slams shut on 1st September. The Toffees have been linked to several strikers with Udinese striker Beto being linked with a move to Goodison Park since January.

Back in January, the Merseysiders were looking to sign a striker to bolster their front line and the name of Beto remained afloat in the Everton news feeds. EFC even made an important bid for the Portuguese striker which was rejected by Udinese as they wanted to keep hold of the striker.

Udinese managed to keep hold of Beto in the winter transfer window but the Italians are aware that keeping hold the Portuguese wouldn’t be easy and are open to a transfer this summer. Earlier in the window, reports suggested that EFC would reignite the talks to sign Beto with the Serie A club expecting around €30 million in transfer fees.

Everton are not in advanced talks to sign Beto

Since then, EFC have been linked to a host of names but no move has materialized. The arrival of Youssef Chermiti is not seen as a direct upgrade as he is a player for the future and will be drafted into the team carefully rather than being burdened by goalscoring responsibilities.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s shaky fitness record does pose some risk and EFC cannot have a repeat of last season where they were without a reliable goalscoring forward for important phases of the season, especially when battling relegation. The Toffees had been chasing El Bilal Toure but the failure to sign the striker has seen them get linked to names like Che Adams, Boulaye Dia, Hugo Ekitike and Beto.

The Merseysiders have reportedly made a bid for PSG striker Ekitike with the player considering his move. The Toffees are waiting for his green light to speed up the deal but there remains interest in other strikers too. According to Give Me Sport, journalist Paul Brown has shared the details of EFC’s interest in Beto.

"I haven’t seen enough of Beto to know whether he’s the right option for Everton, but I don’t think talks are very advanced there. I know there’s an interest but there’s been an interest in several strikers around Europe, so how likely it is for this one to happen, I’m not sure yet. We will have to wait and see. (Paul Brown via Give Me Sport)"

Everton were looking to sign Beto on loan with an option to buy but at this point, it is unclear how advanced are the negotiations. Everton remain in talks with several strikers but who remains their priority is still unclear.

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