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Everton knocked back for forward who dismantled PSG as Lampard hatches survival plan

Ben Stewart
Lois Openda of Lens celebrates his goal with Seko Fofana

Everton have been linked with a move for Lens forward Lois Openda as Frank Lampard searches for a recognised goalscorer.

Lampard’s side are without a win in their last seven league matches. They currently sit 19th in the Premier League table and things have started to turn toxic at Goodison Park.

Everton’s biggest problem this season has been scoring goals. Having only scored 15 goals all season, only Wolves have scored fewer league goals during this campaign.

Lampard hasn’t been able to rely upon the fitness of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay has struggled to find consistency.

If they are to continue to score goals at a rate of just 0.79 per game, they will only score 30 goals all season. Everton face the real possibility of relegation if they don’t turn their form around soon.

French journalist Ignazio Genuardi has claimed via Twitter that Everton are interested in Openda and they have even had a bid rejected for the striker.

The journalist also mentions that AC Milan are continuing to ‘closely monitor’ the forward who has impressed in France this season.

Openda has scored nine league goals this season for a Lens side who are currently second in Ligue 1. Lens are only three points behind PSG in the league and are set up well to challenge for the title.

The 22-year-old proved to be the difference for Lens in their recent victory over PSG as he scored and assisted during their 3-1 win over the reigning champions.

Everton need more firepower 

Lampard’s side are in need of strengthening several areas, but their forward line needs immediate attention. Everton have only scored four goals in their last seven league matches.

Following their disappointing loss against Southampton, Lampard told reporters: “Obviously really disappointed with the result. It’s a game that could have gone for us or against us.

“It was a tense game, one that we lost. Frustrated to lose, frustrated for everyone.I don’t know about forgetting how to win. Sean Dyche said that about us last season and we went and beat Man United.

“It’s clear in football that sometimes if you aren’t winning games it can become contagious in terms of confidence and we know we are in that spot.

“It’s a difficult time. I don’t have thoughts as such in that I don’t want to comment on it on the back of the game, I’m more concerned about the game and that we didn’t win it,” he added.

“That’s my first port of call – that’s not me making light of anything, I understand the situation we are in here, I hear the noise but I have to keep working.”

Next up for Lampard and his side is a crunch match against fellow strugglers West Ham. The Hammers themselves are in the relegation zone and are winless in seven.

If Everton want to get out of their current predicament, they will need to find some more goals from somewhere.

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