By Laura O'Leary

10th Dec, 2017 | 4:57pm

Forget Giroud, Everton must sign this exciting PL talent available in Jan for top 10 finish


There’s no denying that Everton need a goalscorer to fire them up the table and it should be their main priority come January.

The Toffees have been consistently linked with Olivier Giroud with the attacker himself admitting he was close to joining the club in the summer.

However, the striker opted to stay at Arsenal where his game time has remained limited this season.

Giroud has not started a Premier League this season, with his 12 appearances all being made as a substitute.

Even without starting, the striker has grabbed three goals which means Giroud has averaged a goal every 78 minutes in the Premier League this season.

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Everton will no doubt be aware that Giroud will likely be available on loan as he wants to make France’s World Cup squad in the summer.

The Toffees would face competition for his services from several other misfiring Premier League teams such as Crystal Palace and West Ham according to one report.

Everton would therefore face a tough battle that could drag out the deal, and the Toffees need to get the deal done at the start of January not the end.

While it could be argued he’s worth the effort as he is a proven goalscorer, there’s a better option available.

The Sun reports that Michy Batshuayi will be allowed to leave Chelsea on loan as he is surplus to requirements and wants to make the Belgium’s World Cup squad.

Batshuayi may not be a proven Premier League goalscorer like Giroud but he’s the man Everton should sign.

The only reason the striker hasn’t grabbed more goals for Chelsea, since joining them from Marseille, is because his playing time has been inconsistent.

Antonio Conte has messed the striker about by using him mostly from the bench – the striker made 20 Premier League appearance last season but never completed 90 minutes.

How is a striker meant to settle in a new league, when he doesn’t get a proper opportunity? It’s an impossible task.

Batshuayi’s inconsistent playing time has continued this season with him featuring only 15 times across all competitions so far.

However despite his limited outings, the striker has still scored nine goals.

Batshuayi is young, pacey, skillful and will take defenders on and beat them. He’a also playing for his place in the Belgium World Cup squad and he’ll be desperate to prove Chelsea and Conte wrong – and fire himself back into Stamford Bridge next season.

Batshuayi would supply Everton with an outlet they don’t currently have, and given the opportunity the striker will be prolific in the Premier League this season.

He would link up with Rooney brilliantly, with the former Man United striker now playing a deeper role which makes the most of his pinpoint passing.

Just like Giroud, the Toffees were in talks to sign Batshuayi in the summer as they reportedly made an enquiry about the striker only to be told he wasn’t available.

It looks like he will be in January – and Sam Allardyce needs to make sure he bags him at Goodison – it could guarantee a European place that looked all but impossible a few weeks back.

In other Everton news, fans were fuming at Allardyce’s decision to start one player in particular against Liverpool.

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