By Alex Stevens
Everton have opened preliminary talks with Southampton over a deal to sign Graziano Pelle, according to a report.
Ronald Koeman wants to be reunited with the forward who first played for him at Feyenoord as he looks to bolster the Blues’ attacking options ahead of the new season.
The Liverpool Echo claim Everton have made an initial move for Pelle but there is also interest in the striker from clubs in Italy and China.
It is said Southampton insist that the 30-year-old, who has gone on holiday following Italy’s elimination from Euro 2016, is not for sale.
But the Telegraph claimed at the weekend that the Saints are looking for between £10million and £20million for their star striker’s services this summer.
Pelle has only one year remaining on his current deal and could now follow Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane out of the exit door before the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Koeman is keen to land Pelle for the third time, after signing him for Dutch giants Feyenoord in 2013 and then bringing him to Southampton two years ago.
Although he missed a spot-kick as Italy crashed out of the European Championships on penalties to Germany on Saturday night, Pelle represents hot property after enjoying another prolific season at St Mary’s Stadium, scoring 14 goals and providing seven assists throughout the campaign.
The move could be one of several new additions at Goodison Park this summer as Farhad Moshiri prepares to spend big in order to secure European football for the Blues next season.
In other Everton news, this Euro 2016 goalkeeper is being linked with a move to Goodison Park.