By Danny Wright
Everton are eyeing up a swoop for Sporting CP striker Bas Dost in January, according to a report.
ESPN claims that the Toffees’ director of football Steve Walsh has cast his rule over Dost, 28, in his recent appearance against Barcelona in the Champions League last month when he came off the bench in a 1-0 loss for his side.
It is understood that Ronald Koeman remains in the hunt for a proven goalscorer after what has been a miserable start to the season for Everton, having scored just four goals in their first seven Premier League games.
Sandro Ramirez has struggled to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku since he left for Manchester United in the summer, with the ex-Malaga and Barcelona ace failing to score in his time on Merseyside so far.
Netherlands international Dost has been a proven source of goals for Sporting since signing for them last August, scoring 41 goals in 53 appearances for them across all competitions.
The 6-foot-5 attacking colossus is reported to be the “ideal” target man to spearhead the Everton attack, much like Lukaku did during his spell at Goodison Park, and is a long-term target of fellow Dutchman Koeman.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s no secret that Everton needs goals and that will mean that prices are likely to skyrocket for them in January as everyone knows exactly what Koeman is desperate for. Everton’s first move in the summer should have been for a striker who is good enough to replace Lukaku as it was obvious that he was going to leave. Sandro always seemed like he’d come in as a second choice to a big name signing which never happened. Dost isn’t exactly convincing. He seems to have one good season, followed by one poor one, and last year he was on fire, while this term that hasn’t been the case. January could make or break Koeman’s reign at Goodison.
In other Everton news, Koeman will save his job if he signs this free agent before Sunday’s match against Brighton.