Carlo Ancelotti should urge Everton to swoop for SK Slavia Prague forward Abdallah Sima in the summer transfer window, to land his Theo Walcott heir.
According to Football Insider, the Goodison Park natives have begun monitoring Sima’s situation following his remarkable rise at the Czech Republic outfit.
The Senegalese forward was awarded his senior debut by manager Jindrich Trpisovsky last September after quickly progressing from the Cervenobili’s Under 23s, having initially been signed for the youth ranks at the Sinobo Stadium from FC MAS Taborsko in August.
Sima struck four goals in six games under academy coach Marek Jarolim, and has gone on to net 15 in 22 first-team outings across all competitions. The 19-year-old bagged his latest effort away to Leicester City on Thursday to eliminate the Foxes from the Europa League.
West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been linked with interest in the 6 ft 2 forward, but they are now claimed to have been joined by Everton.
Slavia are expected to listen to offers for Sima at the end of the season, with club President Jaroslav Tvrdik telling iSport in December that his Fortuna Liga outfit were opposed to a winter sale after turning down a €10m (£8.5m) approach.
The Toffees are in the process of building their shortlist of options to target during the next summer market, after majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri made it clear to Ancelotti that he and Director of Football Marcel Brands will have a £100m-plus budget to work with.
It remains to be seen how highly Tvrdik will value Sima in the off-season, having rejected the chance to part with the teenager in January, confident that the forward will continue to develop under Trpisovsky so long as he stays healthy and on-form.
Sima has certainly done that, having only been rested in one MOL Cup tie and omitted from one Fortuna Liga squad since earning his debut, while netting five goals and providing three of his five assists for the season during his last seven outings across all competitions.
Soucek joined the Irons from Slavia Prague but departed the Sinobo Stadium before Sima’s arrival, yet he is aware of his Premier League side’s interest in the forward and is “excited” by his potential.
Everton moving to beat the Hammers to the punch could see Ancelotti land his Walcott heir, having yet signed a player to replace the ex-Arsenal dynamo at Goodison Park.
Walcott is due to be out of contract in the summer and is unlikely to return to Merseyside following his season on loan with Southampton, where boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has previously admitted to being keen on agreeing a longer-term contract for the former England international.
Sima would be expected to offer Ancelotti the same pace and runs in behind defenders that Walcott initially brought to Goodison Park, and with a clear eye for goals and assists that often avoided the 31-year-old.
Walcott was involved in just 20 efforts (11 scored, nine created) in 85 appearances with the Toffees before moving to St. Mary’s Stadium.
Sima, though, has shown promise in the Czech Republic and in the Europa League that he could better that output if signed.
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