Everton should move on from Gnonto as confusion reins over player’s future

Another day and another set of shifting stories concerning a player in Wilfried Gnonto who Everton have supposedly been chasing all summer long.

This transfer saga has become increasingly tiresome as the Toffees and Leeds United do a dance back and forth, which doesn’t seem likely to end anytime soon.

Today’s latest set of rumours claim Gnonto is still very much an Everton target and that the club are ready to up their bid for him. Meanwhile, Leeds continue to appear absolutely determined to keep hold of the powerful young winger.

Gnonto doesn’t have a relegation clause in his contract and he is not on big wages either, so the Yorkshire club are under no real pressure to sell.

Given all this and the time already spent trying to prise the player from Elland Road, I think the Blues should now move on from the 19-year-old Italian forward.

The clock is ticking and there are only a few more weeks left before the transfer window closes and no more deals can be done until January.

And, as I and many other Toffees supporters have asked for time and time again, what Everton need as a matter of urgency is am experienced and proven striker who can find the back of the net!

As it stands, the Blues still haven’t got a centre-forward in (apart from another raw and very inexperienced19-year-old, Youssef Chermiti) as the team faces a trip to Villa Park on Sunday in their second game of the new season needing points urgently after defeat on the opening day.

We are left hoping against hope that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still fit and able to play at the weekend, assuming of course he is selected by Sean Dyche.

That is simply not good enough and as I am increasingly weary of saying, the Blues need to act fast to bring in a striker who can suppliment, or replace Calvert-Lewin when he inevitably breaks down injured again.

There is still time for Everton to get a deal done for a forward who can score the goals this side will need to stay in the Premier League.

That should now be the overwhelming priority, not chasing a player who may want to come but whose current club are resolutley refusing to sell.