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Everton could secure Lukaku heir in Ben Brereton-Diaz

Given their current form, Everton fans could be forgiven for looking back on fonder days when their biggest concern every season was not relegation but how close to the European spots they could finish.

However, their crippling truth remains the former, as they once again seem set to be sucked into the battle for safety this season.

Having lost their last three in all competitions, scoring just once, Goodison Park were forced to once again watch injuries ravage them as Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were all reported to have picked up various issues against Leicester City.

Should Everton sign Ben Brereton-Diaz?





Whilst the former two turned out to be fit for the weekend’s clash with Bournemouth, it was confirmed that the latter would once again be facing a spell out due to a combination of a hamstring injury and a dislocated shoulder.

This is hardly the first time they have seen their English marksman struck down, which is what called for the introduction of a new forward in the summer.

Neal Maupay entered as the ‘cut price’ option, although many wished they had spent that £15m on Championship star Ben Brereton-Diaz, who they continue to be linked with for double the price.

Perhaps taking a chance on this free-scoring Chilean could finally see the Toffees land their heir to Romelu Lukaku, who they have admittedly never replaced since his £75m move to Manchester United.

The Belgian remains their all-time top scorer in the Premier League and bagged 87 times in 166 games.

All Everton need at the moment is a consistent goalscorer and over the last season and a half that is exactly what the 23-year-old has been.

He has backed up his 22-goal haul from last season with nine already this campaign, and since switching his international allegiances seems like a man possessed in front of goal.

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His blistering form saw him labelled a “phenomenal player” by football scout Ron Dor, but with plenty of other clubs interested the Merseyside club should act soon.

With just over six months left on the attacker’s deal, the aforementioned £30m fee does have some wriggle room, as recent reports suggest he’ll only cost around £10m.

With Everton likely to still be somewhat stifled financially, this is a deal that could secure their safety in the second half of the season. For them, that would be priceless. Kevin Thelwell could finally present them with the goalscorer they have craved to replace the consistency Lukaku provided.