By Harvey Byrne
Everton are eyeing a move for Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar to partner Romelu Lukaku up front, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that Everton have opened talks to sign the 24-year-old as a striking ally for Lukaku rather than as a replacement.
It is reported Aboubakar would cost Everton £16million, which would be the highest transfer fee ever paid by Everton bar the £28million Lukaku signing two years ago.
The Cameroon international was in impressive form for his side during the 2015-16 season, scoring 18 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions.
Aboubakar is also the captain of his national side, where he’s scored 13 goals in 43 appearances.
The centre forward is described as a powerful and quick striker, two attributes which are highly regarded in England and can help the striker adjust to the English game.
New manager Ronald Koeman is keen to add to his strike force this summer. With Lukaku the main star upfront. After that he has only the ageing Arouna Kone and largely regarded flop Oumar Niasse as his striking options.
However current champions Leicester City were also strongly linked with Aboubakar in January, reported by the Mirror. The Foxes are again in the hunt for a new striker this summer, so Everton could face a battle for his signature.
In other Everton news, the Toffees bring in promising young goalkeeper Chris Renshaw on three-year deal.