According to Everton insider Alan Myers, the Toffees have not yet made a new bid for the Blackburn Rovers striker.
Myers tweeted: “Ben Brereton Diaz trained with the rest of the squad at Brockhall TG this morning, no new bids at this point.”
There is no doubt that there is still ample room for improvement in the forward line at Goodison Park before the transfer window closes tonight, and the signing of Brereton Diaz would be a major coup, so Farhad Moshiri must act now.
Despite the signing of former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay last week, there is still work to be done to ensure that Everton can score enough goals to compete comfortably in the Premier League this season.
With Richarlison moving to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured for the entirety of the season so far, adding another forward would be hugely advantageous in boosting the firepower in Frank Lampard’s squad.
Brereton Diaz has been impressing in the Championship with Blackburn, scoring 33 goals and delivering 13 assists in 134 appearances, with a goal contribution for every 175 minutes of game-time.
The £20m-valued Chile international has been the recipient of high praise for his contributions at his current club, with former Rovers boss Tony Mowbray hailing Brereton Diaz “extraordinary” following the goal machine’s hat-trick against Cardiff last season.
The signing of the Chile forward could add depth to not just Calvert-Lewin’s role in the team, as the 23-year-old also has experience playing in the wider positions in the final third, with 80 appearances on either the left or right wing.
As a result, Brereton Diaz’s presence in the team will offer Frank Lampard even more options across the entirety of the front line, even when Calvert-Lewin returns from his current injury issues.
The signing of Brereton Diaz would be a great piece of business for the Toffees, but they are now running out of time to secure a deal, so they must get to work swiftly if they are intent on strengthening their attack even further before the transfer market shuts tonight.