By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman wants to sign Italy star Graziano Pelle for the third time, according to a report.
The newly appointed Everton manager knows Pelle well after signing him for Feyenoord and then again at Southampton.
There have been reports of a ‘no poaching’ clause in Koeman’s new contract, which would forbid him from raiding his former club for new signings.
But the Liverpool Echo claim Pelle could be Koeman’s first signing at Goodison Park as speculation intensifies that Romelu Lukaku will be on his way out this summer.
The Dutchman, who was announced as Roberto Martinez’s successor on Tuesday morning, has a huge transfer budget at his disposal, thanks to new Iranian owner Farhad Moshiri.
It is reported that the Italian, who was signed by Koeman at Feyenoord in 2013 before following him to Southampton 12 months later, will cost around the £9million mark.
The 30-year-old had a creditable 2015-16 season, scoring a total of 14 goals in all competitions for Southampton.
Pelle, who went head to head with Lukaku on Monday night, scored the second with an emphatic volleyed finish in a convincing 2-0 win for Italy over favourites Belgium.
Koeman will have to fend off competition for the player, with Stoke said to be interested in bolstering their attacking set up by bringing Pelle to the Britannia, while there is also interest from Italian giants Juventus.
In other Everton news, Koeman also wants to bring in a Stoke star after a £13 million release clause was revealed.