Everton closing in on £17m striker deal, willing to trigger release clause and double wages – report

By Tom Blackburn

Everton have told striker Lucas Perez they will double his wages if he joins them from Deportivo La Coruna, according to a report.

Spanish newspaper Sport claim that Everton will pay the £17million release clause in his contract before doubling his wages, which would total around £32,000-a-week.

The Telegraph claimed on Monday that director of football Steve Walsh had held negotiations with representatives of the Spanish striker and now the Goodison Park club have made their offer.

The former Leicester scout is said to be a big fan of Lucas, as he is commonly known, and tried to sign the forward while he was working for the Foxes.

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.

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The striker joined Deportivo last summer for £1.3million after spending the previous season on loan from PAOK.

The forward was in superb form last season and his 17 La Liga goals helped Deportivo escape the drop from Spain’s top flight.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is currently looking to bolster his 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 return from the bench as Everton beat West Brom at the weekend.

The powerful Belgian striker started in Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash against Yeovil, while fellow striker Arouna Kone finished the match with two goals.

In other Everton transfer news, their former striker and Premier League record-holder moves to League Two.