By Derek Smithson
Everton have made enquiry for Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, according to a report.
The Mail claim on their transfer blog (11:16am, Thursday) that the Toffees have asked the Premier League champions about the possibility of landing their 23-year-old.
It is understood that Chelsea are unlikely to allow the Belgium international to leave if they miss out on Fernando Llorente to rivals Tottenham.
Batshuayi is a powerhouse striker that is recognised for his pace and strength, something which makes him a good fit for the Premier League.
The striker endured a difficult first season in England last year at Stamford Bridge and made just 28 senior appearances.
However, he still mangled nine goals in return and netted the decisive striker away to West Brom that clinched the league title in a 1-0 win.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has been pursuing a new forward and has made a last-gap atempt to land Belgium international Batshuayi.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton have been on the search for a new striker and there is no doubt they need a central figure in their team to lead the line. Koeman was never going to find a like-for-like replacement with the same quality as Romelu Lukaku, but his compatriot Batshuayi certainly fits the bill. He is a player that can spearhead the attack for the Toffees and would thrive off the service from the likes of Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson. He played second fiddle to Diego Costa last season, but still impressed when given opportunities. Batshuayi could score a ton of goals if given a long run in the starting XI and that would be possible at Goodison Park.
In other Everton transfers news, they have submitted an offer for a left-sided defender.