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Desperate Dyche makes last-gasp £22million offer for forward who could save Everton

Beto, Udinese, January 2023

Sean Dyche has reportedly made a bid for Udinese striker Beto in the closing hours of the transfer window, amid Everton’s need for reinforcements.

It’s fair to say that the task Dyche has signed up for in managing the Toffees is going to be tough one. They sit 19th in the table, and have won just three league games all season.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, the threat of the drop is once again a very real one.

That means signings are going to be paramount for Dyche’s short-term success at the club. But with just a few hours left until the window closes, that’s easier said than done.

There have been links to Conor Gallagher, that may or may not come to fruition. Whether or not Chelsea will sell is a big question, with Jorginho more than likely heading to Arsenal.

It’s the top end of the pitch that seems most like it needs a boost, though. That Anthony Gordon left for Newcastle United means Dyche is already a player light, and thus in worse circumstances than Frank Lampard left the club in.

What’s more, the top goalscorer in all competitions at the club this season – Demarai Gray – has scored just five times.

If Everton can’t start finding the net, their chances of staying up will continue to fade.

‘Concrete offer’ made for Beto

That’s something Dyche has clearly identified quickly since becoming manager. The former Burnley boss could be soon to make his first January snare in attack.

Indeed, Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb reports that Everton have made a ‘concrete offer’ for Udinese striker Beto.

That is said to be in the region of €25million (approx £22million) including add-ons.

The report states Udinese will now ‘evaluate what to do’. For Everton, of course, time is of the essence, with the window closing soon.

They’ll want the Italian side to come to a decision soon, so they can either take the snare forwards, or move on to other options.

Beto could save Everton

The need for somebody who knows where the goal is is apparent at Everton. After top scorer Gray, and Gordon – who no longer plays for the club – the best goals tally is just two.

And in terms of goals from central strikers, Neal Maupay and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have scored just once each.

While it’s not certain a new forward would have a better output, it can’t hurt to try.

What’s more, Beto has been in good goalscoring form over the last couple of seasons. This term, he’s scored seven goals in 20 Serie A games.

That followed a tally of 11 goals in 28 league games last season. Should he have a similar impact at Everton, he could just help to drag them away from the drop zone.

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