Everton look to Spain and Portugal in striker search

Date published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 9:38 - Mark Holmes

Felipe Caicedo: Everton linked with Espanyol striker

Everton are reportedly willing to pay £7.6million to sign Felipe Caicedo – and are one of four clubs to have scouted Islam Slimani.

Everton are the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League this season, with their problems tending to occur at the other end of the pitch, yet Spanish website Mundo Deportivo claims the Toffees want to sign Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo before the end of the transfer window next week.

Caicedo, who has scored six goals in 20 games La Liga this season, has a buyout clause in his contract of €10million (£7.6m), with Espanyol apparently facing a fight to convince the 27-year-old not to return to the Premier League, where he previously spent an unsuccessful spell with Manchester City.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, claims Everton have joined Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Ham in scouting Sporting Lisbon forward Islam Slimani, who has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances in the Portuguese Liga this season.

The 27-year-old is said to have a release clause of £22.5million – but it will not come into play until the summer.

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