By Alex Stevens
Everton have submitted a £12million bid for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseysiders have made a formal move for the Italy international as manager Ronald Koeman attempts to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.
It is said that Napoli value Gabbiadini, who has also been linked to Everton’s Premier League rivals West Ham and Stoke, at £18million.
Koeman has made it clear that he is in the market for new attacking signings, with a wide player top of his target list.
The Dutchman had already gone public with his interest in Manchester United winger Memphis Depay before £28million summer signing Yannick Bolasie suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last weekend that is expected to rule him out for the rest of the season.
Bolasie’s injury intensifies Koeman’s need to strengthen a team that has been heavily reliant upon Romelu Lukaku for goals this season.
Gabbiadini, 25, has scored just one goal for Napoli in 16 appearances this season, and has struggled to command a regular starting role for the Serie A club.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton need a proven goalscorer to take some of the burden off Lukaku. That man is not Gabbiadini. His career strike rate of one goal for every five Serie A matches would make an attacking midfielder blush, never mind a player who is judged upon how often he puts the ball in the back of the net. The Italian is 25 and supposedly at the peak of his career but he is in and out of a Napoli side that sold Gonzalo Higuain in the summer and his goal record would suggest that he is overvalued at £18million.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are closing in on a £49million double deal after opening boardroom talks with a Premier League rival.