By Will Butcher
Everton and West Ham are set to lock horns over the signature of Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski, according to a report.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim the 11-time Macedonia international is interesting both Premier League sides, who could be on the lookout for a new striker in the January window.
Nestorovski, 26, has scored seven Serie A goals in just 13 starts this season against the likes of AC Milan, Udinese and Sampdoria.
His goals have been a rare shining light in what has been a woeful start to the season by Palermo, who sit rock bottom of Serie A after just one win in 16 league games.
Palermo’s form could mean Nestorovski will want to jump ship before being relegated with the Italian side, with Everton and West Ham looking to profit.
The Toffees could look to add a striker to their ranks as Oumar Niasse struggles to provide adequate back up to undisputed first-choice attacker Romelu Lukaku. Arouna Kone remains injured.
However, West Ham are likely to rival their Premier League counterparts as summer signings Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri fail to impress in east London.
Football Insider verdict:
In a side that has struggled with just 11 league goals all season, Nestorovski has sparkled by scoring more than half of them. His ability to convert chances without being given much ammunition has alerted both West Ham and Everton, who could profit from a striker that is likely to go under the radar because of his team’ form. In both sides, the Macedonian forward is likely to be given more chances to find the back of the net. With his impressive conversion rate this term, he could become prolific at either the London Stadium or Goodison Park. With three years remaining on his contract though, it remains to be seen how much Palermo would require for his signature.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are confident of completing this £11million deal.