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Everton keeping tabs on Ludovic Ajorque

Everton are reportedly showing an interest in Strasbourg centre-forward Ludovic Ajorque, according to the latest reports.

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As per Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol – via the outlet’s Transfer Centre – the Toffees were among a number of Premier League clubs who watched the Frenchman in action against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The transfer insider stated: “A player who we could be hearing a lot more from in the next couple of weeks played against Liverpool for Strasbourg at the weekend.

“He’s a striker called Ludovic Ajorque, 6ft 6in striker with a very good scoring record for them, is available for £18m.

“I’m told the clubs that watched him yesterday were Wolves, Everton, Leicester, West Ham, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Newcastle. He’s someone we might be hearing a lot more from.”

The Merseyside outfit are in need of further attacking reinforcements having seen former talisman Richarlison join Tottenham Hotspur in a £60m deal earlier this summer.

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Ferguson 2.0

For those interested parties watching on at the weekend, it would have been relatively easy to keep tabs on the aforementioned Ajorque, with the former Clermont man an eye-catching presence due to his towering 6 foot 6 frame.

The £14.4m-rated giant is more than just an impressive physical forward, though, having proven himself a prolific marksman in France in recent years after netting 28 Ligue 1 goals across the last two top-flight campaigns.

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That tally includes 12 league goals from the 2021/22 campaign for the £14k-per-week colossus, and it’s unsurprising to note that the 28-year-old scored six of those with his head, such is his stature.

Having such an aerial threat leading the line at Goodison Park next term could evoke memories of a certain Duncan Ferguson, with the iconic Scotsman having been an imperious presence in attack for the Merseysiders in the past.

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The 50-year-old – who only recently left the coaching setup at the club – spent ten years with the Toffees across two spells during his playing career, scoring 73 goals in 273 appearances in all competitions and quickly cementing himself as a cult hero.

Renowned for his no-nonsense aggressive manner in leading the line, the 6 foot 4 titan was a striker of a different era such was his no-holds-barred approach, notably racking up eight red cards in his Premier League career – the joint-highest tally in the competition’s history.

Not just an intimidating presence, like Ajorque the former Scotland international also used his imposing frame to good effect, memorably scoring nine headed goals during the 1997/98 campaign – the most by a player in top-flight history.

A true hero at Goodison Park, for some Toffees supporters there will never be another Duncan Ferguson to pull on an Everton shirt. While that may be true, Lampard and could well have found his ultimate heir in the Strasbourg sensation.

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