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Everton intensify forward interest after £14.5m rejected bid - report

By Harvey Byrne

Everton are continuing their pursuit of Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to a report.

The Mirror has claimed that the Toffees are maintaining their interest in the striker despite having a bid of £14.5million rejected for him.

It is stated that manager Ronald Koeman is a huge fan of the Italy international, who has scored just two goals in 15 appearances this season.

The report also claims that Koeman is set to lose Romelu Lukaku, as he continues to look for moves to a bigger club.

It is said that the Belgium international will either move in January or the summer and Gabbiadini could be his replacement.

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Napoli want £20million for the 25-year-old, who made the move to Naples from Sampdoria for £10million in 2015.

Gabbiadini still has three years left on his contract and played the full 90 minutes in Napoli’s 3-0 victory over Inter Milan on Friday evening.

He is still considered a key player at the club, but the wealth of the Premier League and Everton could tempt him to England.

Koeman will be now be looking for players in January, who he feels can help improve their current poor form, which has seen just one win from 10 fixtures.

Football Insider verdict:

The Toffees should steer clear of making a move for Gabbiadin, especially at £20million. Players with much better scoring records in Serie A have made the move to the Premier League before and flopped. To even mention his name as the replacement for star striker Romelu Lukaku is quite frankly wrong. Everton are in need of a striker with Oumar Niasse frozen out and Enner Valencia and Arouna Kone the only other two senior options. However, they should avoid a desperation bid and look for a striker who is currently bagging goals in their respective league. An alternative option could be 22-year-old Sebastien Haller, who was also linked in the summer and has so far scored eight goals in 16 appearances for Eredivisie side FC Utrecht.

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