Everton are stepping up their interest in Colombian striker Carlos Bacca.
With the chances of acquiring the services of Romelu Lukaku up in the air, the club are now looking at alternatives. The 27 year old attacker is one target being considered in a possible £7 million move according to The Daily Star.
Bacca, who currently plies his trade in Spain for Sevilla, has had a good career for a number of clubs with an impressive 163 goals in 311 appearances in all competitions to his name. He joined his current club in 2013 from Club Brugge, where he had spent a season after signing from Atletico Junior.
He also has 10 international caps and was part of the Colombian squad for the 2014 World Cup, though he only made an appearance in the team’s final game against Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Everton are in need of a striker. Their main attacker last season was Lukaku, who managed to score 15 league goals in a season long loan. However, their pursuit of him this summer has so far been unfruitful.
With Chelsea bringing in the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, they may be looking to offload Lukaku permanently in order to recover some of the transfer fees they have spent so far this summer.
Everton seem very keen to sign the player permanently and it’s understandable given his service last season. He recently admitted that he may return to Goodison. But, even if they did a deal for Lukaku, Everton may well pursue an interest in Bacca as they are short of numbers up top.
In other news, Roberto Martinez is facing a tough battle to keep hold of promising centre back John Stones. The 20-year-old is attracting interest from clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham according to The Daily Star. The youngster only joined Everton from Barnsley last year, but could see his stay at Goodison Park cut short. However, he will more likely wish to add experience to his game at Everton before he even considers a future elsewhere.
Let’s see him in action. Everton fans: an exciting potential addition?