By Tom Blackburn
Everton have tabled an improved bid of £21million for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Everton have upped the £19.3million offer that was rejected by the Serie A side last week.
It is said that Gabbiadini can play across the frontline and Everton want cover for Romelu Lukaku with Oumar Niasse heading for the exit and Arouna Kone likely to follow.
Sky Sports claimed on Sunday morning on their website that the Toffees were in discussions with the Serie A club, who want £25million for their 24-year-old forward.
It is believed that Everton have stepped up their interest in Gabbiadini after Arsenal beat them to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez.
Sport Italia television expert Ifredo Pedulla reported on his website that talks between Everton and Napoli took place on Friday in England about striking a deal and that Everton had upped their offer to £19.2million.
The quick forward has scored 20 goals in 61 appearances for Napoli since his move in January 2015, including four goals in just six Europa League matches last season.
He started Napoli’s first game of the season against Pescara before being substituted in the 53rd minute for new signing Arkadiusz Milik. Gabbiadini was demoted to the bench in Napoli’s most recent match against AC Milan, where he was an unused substitute.
Gabbiadini graduated through Atlanta’s youth academy, and he has scored one goal in his six appearances for the Italy national team, which came against Romania in 2015.
The Italian striker has three years left on his current contract at the Serie A side.
Ronald Koeman is keen to bring in a striker this summer, as when Romelu Lukaku missed the start of the new campaign the Dutch manager had to use natural wideman Gerard Deulofeu upfront on his own.
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