Published on June 26th, 2014 | by soccersweep5
Everton: Sensational forward on the radar – report
Everton are reportedly considering moves for Enner Valencia and Georgios Samaras.
The two strikers have apparently impressed manager Roberto Martinez and Everton could be lining up offers for them in the near future, according to The Liverpool Echo.
Both players have had impressive World Cup campaigns so far. Enner Valencia managed to find the net 3 times for Ecuador before the side were eliminated in the group stages. This carries on his impressive goal scoring record that has seen him score 18 times in just 23 games for Mexican side Pachuca.
Samaras meanwhile has played a crucial role in his national side’s advance into the knockout stages. Using all the experience gained from his 77 international caps he managed to win a penalty and then coolly finish it to help Greece seal a 2-1 victory against the Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
Everton are in need of frontmen for the upcoming season. Their top performer from last season, Romelu Lukaku, has returned from his loan spell to parent club Chelsea. Another star forward, Gerard Deulofeu, has also come to the end of his loan and is unlikely to be able to return to Everton as new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique wants him in his first team.
That probably makes signing strikers a priority for Roberto Martinez. Valencia and Samaras could be useful solutions to that problem. Although the Ecuadorian’s record at first club Emelec was not particularly impressive, his form since moving to Pachuca has been much improved.
The Greek front man, who can also play on the wing, would provide a reliable stream of goals. His time at Heerenveen and Manchester City were far from electric but since joining Celetic in 2008 he has gone on to score 74 goals in 248 appearances in all competitions. He is also currently a free agent, meaning that Martinez would only have to worry about wages rather than a big transfer fee.