By Alex Stevens
Everton are eyeing a sensational double swoop for Celtic pair Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong, according to a report.
The Express claim the cash-rich Merseyside club want to strengthen their squad with prolific striker Dembele and attacking midfielder Armstrong.
It is said that Everton director of football Steve Walsh and senior recruitment officer Laurence Stewart have been keeping close tabs on the pair this season.
The Express report that the Premier League outfit have had a scouting presence at “virtually every Hoops game this season” as they aim to take advantage of the impressive form of two of the standout players in Celtic’s treble-hunting side.
Dembele, 20, has had an outstanding debut campaign after quitting Fulham to join on a free transfer, scoring 32 goals in all competitions to make Europe’s elite clubs sit up and take notice.
Armstrong has been a key player for Brendan Rodgers’ runaway Scottish Premiership leaders, scoring an impressive 10 goals and supplying seven assists from league matches alone.
Everton will be in the market for at least one striker this summer as they scour the globe for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian told the Merseyside club on Tuesday that he will not sign a new contract with the club, paving the way for him to leave in the summer.
The Express claim Dembele is the man Everton “firmly have in their sights” to replace Lukaku, who is the joint leading Premier League top scorer this season with 19 goals, while Armstrong is also on their radar.
It would be regarded as sensational if the Toffees were to follow through with big-money moves for not one, but two Celtic first teamers.