Report: Everton eye European goal machine, could be signed for £2.5m
By Harvey Byrne
Everton are one of three Premier League sides eyeing APOEL striker Pieros Sotiriou, according to a report.
French publication Le Parisien has claimed that the Toffees, Southampton and Stoke have all gathered information on the 24-year-old forward “recently”.
The striker has risen to stardom this campaign and has scored a very impressive 18 goals in 31 encounters in the Cypriot top flight.
The goal machine is still contracted with the Cyrpus-based club until 2020, but the report states that he could be purchased for as little as £2.5million.
That is certainly in the price range for a number of Premier League sides and the Toffees are currently looking for a forward to play backup to star Romelu Lukaku.
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It is felt that manager Ronald Koeman has little options behind the Belgian star with Arouna Kone and Enner Valencia the only other senior strikers in the squad.
The Dutch manager has improved his side vastly after taking over from Roberto Martinez in the summer and has already brought in seven senior signings in his first few months in charge.
Of those signings, two have come in this window in the form of Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman for a combined £27.5million.
Football Insider verdict:
It is clear from looking at the Everton squad that they are currently lacking a quality forward to play when Lukaku isn’t available. The Toffees are too reluctant on the Belgian for goals and he won’t always be there to bail them out when needed. Lukaku is still young and forming into the player he will one day be, which sees him often drop out of form and go on goal droughts where he contributes little else to the team. Now, Sotiriou is relatively unknown and could be a potential name to join a long list of players to have scored many in a weak league before becoming a flop in the Premier League. However, at £2.5million that is noting for Everton and they should take the chance on the forward as he could become a valuable asset in the future.
In other Everton transfer news, Jamie Redknapp believes this Toffees transfer could be the shrewdest of the window.