Aston Villa, West Ham enter race for key Everton target with Dyche’s masterplan at risk of being foiled

Hakan Calhanoglu and Joaquin Correa - Serie A - Inter Milan v Sampdoria - San Siro, Milan

Aston Villa and West Ham United have reportedly joined the race for Inter Milan forward Joaquin Correa, who is a key target for Everton.

Sean Dyche is keen to bolster his front line with scoring goals proving to be a big problem for the Toffees this season, but they will now face a fight for his signature.

Indeed, with Aston Villa and West Ham now in the race for Correa, we could potentially see a bidding war for Correa’s services.

The Argentine has made 21 Serie A appearances this season, but most been off the bench, with his last four starts resulting in Inter picking up just one point.

Inter only signed Correa for 28.5m last summer, but after failing to have a big impact, they are already looking to cut their losses.

According to Sport Witnessthe Nerazzuri will accept a bid of £13m for the attacker this summer, with all three clubs firmly in the race.

While he has had a poor season, Correa can still be a top attacking player on his day, so could flourish if given more consistent playing time in the Premier League.

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Everton are desperate for a new striker

As mentioned, Everton are certainly the most in need of attacking recruits this summer, after scoring the joint-least amount of goals of any Premier League team this season.

Indeed, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has once again endured another injury-disrupted campaign, while summer signing Neal Maupay has scored just one goal in 22 appearances.

As a result, Dyche is eyeing Correa as a potential antidote to Everton’s scoring problems, but his plans could now be scuppered by Villa or West Ham.

While the Toffees are still fighting relegation, Villa are dreaming of European football next season after an incredible resurgence under Unai Emery this season.

After selling Danny Ings in January, it is believed that Emery could look to add another centre-forward to his ranks this summer.

This will be especially important if Ollie Watkins leaves Villa Park, with the in-form striker being linked with a switch to Arsenal.

Like Everton, West Ham’s chances of signing Correa will depend on their Premier League survival, although David Moyes’ side is in a slightly stronger position than the Merseysiders at the moment.

With that in mind, if the Toffees want to sign the Argentine, they may need to put their money where their mouth is.

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