Everton have reportedly reignited their interest in Udinese centre-forward Beto, as Sean Dyche looks to bring in more attacking reinforcements.
The Toffees scored just 34 Premier League goals last season and that was ultimately the key reason why they came close to being relegated for the first time since 1951.
Dyche is determined to avoid a similar fate this term and has already brought in Youssef Chermiti (£15m), Jack Harrison (loan) and Arnaut Danjuma (loan) in an attempt to bolster his front line.
Everton’s transfer business isn’t done yet, but they have very little money to spend on new players.
Their financial situation worsened on Wednesday when it was revealed by the Athletic that MSP Sports Capital’s talks to purchase a minority stake in the club had collapsed.
As a result, Everton can only afford to offer small down payments for new signings. That is why a move for Southampton striker Che Adams has stalled.
The Toffees are now considering a move for Beto, who they were linked with in January. However, they may once again struggle to find the funds to complete a deal with Udinese.
Romano: Everton reignite interest in Beto
According to reputed transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Everton have tabled a fresh proposal for Beto.
On Twitter, Romano wrote: “Everton [have] approached Udinese with initial €25/26m package for Portuguese striker Beto — he was already on Everton list last January.
“Everton sources feel that’s not enough yet to convince Udinese. Release clause into Beto’s contract: €35m.”
Beto scored 10 goals in Serie A for Udinese last season and it’s thought that his agents are working hard on finding him a new club.
Standing at 6ft4, the Portuguese striker is an imposing figure on the pitch and could work well as a target man, something that Dyche utilised effectively during his time with Burnley.
Everton are simply desperate to bring in a new centre-forward. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is facing yet another period on the sidelines with a broken cheekbone, while Neal Maupay has scored just one goal in 31 appearances.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if the Toffees can stump up the €35m (approx. £30m) necessary to sign Beto.
If they don’t, they may well be in for yet another relegation battle this season.