By Harvey Byrne
Everton are eyeing a move for Sporting Libson goal machine Bas Dost, according to a report.
Portuguese news outlet Correio de Manha has claimed that the 27-year-old goal machine has caught the interest of a number of English clubs, including the Toffees, West Brom and Stoke.
It is detailed that the Merseyside club view the Dutch giant as an alternative to Romelu Lukaku, who’s future is still in doubt at the club.
However, it is stated that one obstacle in any deal for Dost is the fact that he has a £50.7million buyout clause in his contract.
The 12-time capped Holland international only made the switch to Sporting in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £8.4million from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
However, his time in Portugal has proven a huge success and in the Portuguese top-flight he has bagged a highly impressive 31 goals in 28 appearances.
He is still contracted to the club until 2020, meaning Sporting don’t need to sell him, but Everton could come in with a lot of money depending on whether Lukaku stays or leaves.
The Belgium international has bagged a fine 24 goals in 34 Premier League appearances for the Toffees this campaign, but with his deal set to expire in 2019 the Merseysiders may be forced into a deal to receive his full valuation.
Football Insider verdict:
Dost scores for fun wherever he plays and if he manages to bring his form to England then he could be one of the best deals Everton have made in the past 10 years. The Toffees certainly struck gold when they brought Lukaku in from Chelsea, but other than the Belgian they have struggled to find another consistent goalscorer. However, with the addition of Dost manager Ronald Koeman could have two goalscorers to play with in his team. Koeman will also be well aware of the goal machine from his home country and the two could make Everton into a force once again and help the club break into the top four and they will need more faces in their side for their Europa League campaign.
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