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Everton submit £16m offer for 27-year-old striker – report

By Harvey Byrne

Everton have offered £16million for Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Toffees have launched a bid for the 27-year-old, who was a target for director of football Steve Walsh at former club Leicester.

The Telegraph claimed on Monday that 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.

West Ham were linked with the attacker last month, and at the time it was reported that Deportivo were under no pressure to cash in on their star man.

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, Ronald Koeman has made a £1.25million bid for Southampton right-back Cuco Martina.