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25th Aug, 2016 | 9:37am

Report: Everton blow in £21.5m striker pursuit, player-plus-cash deal offered

By Harvey Byrne

Napoli have offered £8.5million plus Manolo Gabbiadini for Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic in a blow to Everton, according to a report.

Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis was waiting for a £21.5million bid for Gabbiadini from Everton, but it was slow to materialise and the deal has stalled.

It is claimed that the Naples club were waiting on a proposal from the Toffees as the Serie A side lined up a move for Juventus forward Simone Zaza to replace Gabbiadini.

This prompted De Laurentiis to start negotiations with Fiorentina for Kalinic and could end Everton’s hopes of landing the Napoli spearhead.

The report follows claims from Sport Italia television expert Ifredo Pedulla on his website on Tuesday that talks between Everton and Napoli had begun for Gabbiadini.

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The Goodison Park club are keen to bring in a forward, as Ronald Koeman looks to give main man Romelu Lukaku some competition.

Gabbiadini, 24, has scored 20 goals in 61 appearances for Napoli since his move in January 2015, including four goals in just six Europa League matches last season.

The striker, who graduated through Atlanta’s youth academy, has also scored one goal in his six appearances for the Italy national team, which came through a strike against Romania in 2015.

The Italian striker has three years left on his current contract at the Serie A side.

In other Everton transfer news, Arsenal have hijacked the Toffees move for prolific Spanish striker Lucas Perez.