By Harvey Byrne

Everton have opened talks with Utrecht over a deal for striker Sebastian Haller, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Toffees have opened talks with the Eredivisie side over rumoured Premier League target Haller.

Several top flight clubs have been linked with striker including Tottenham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, while Norwich and Swansea are said to have failed with January bids for the forward.

It is also claimed in the report that Utrecht had received a £14million offer for the striker from Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, but it is understood that he has turned down this offer in favour of a move to the Goodison Park club.

The 22-year-old who began his career with French side Auxerre scored 24 goals in competitions in the recently completed season.

There have been comparisons between the tall striker with current Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, but the latest reports indicate that Haller will act as the Belgian’s teammate instead of his successor.

Although the club has seen investment from Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshri, the Toffees have added only veteran goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to their senior ranks so far.

The powerful forward moved to Holland from France in 2015 in a deal worth less than £1million, he currently has three years left on his contract.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are facing a battle to convince striker Graziano Pelle to come to Merseyside.