By Tom Blackburn
Everton are in talks to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez Martinez, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Everton director of football Steve Walsh has held negotiations with representatives of the 27-year-old.
It is said the player is keen to move to England and the Merseysiders are looking to pay £15million for the striker.
Walsh is said to be a big fan of Lucas, as he is commonly known, and tried to sign the forward while he was working at Leicester.
Lucas has similar attributes to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and is seen as a forward who could play either alongside Romelu Lukaku or on his own in the Belgian’s absence.
The striker only permanently joined Deportivo last summer for £1.3million, but he also spent the season prior to that on loan with the club from PAOK.
The 27-year-old was in superb form last season, as his 17 La Liga goals helped Deportivo escape the drop from Spain’s top flight.
West Ham were linked with the attacker last month, and at the time it was reported that Deportivo are under no pressure to cash in on their star man.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is currently looking to bolster squad after being appointed as their new manager.
The Merseyside giants have started their first Premier League matches without a recognised striker on the pitch, but Lukaku did make his injury return from the bench as Everton beat West Brom on the weekend.
In other Everton transfer news, a report details the five players Everton are discussing to fill five problem positions.