According to Tutto Salernitana, the Toffees have made contact with Villarreal to gather more information on centre-forward Boulaye Dia and have offered a transfer fee worth up to €16m (£13.7m).
As per the report, the Merseysiders are among a number of English clubs interested in acquiring the services of the 25-year-old, who is currently on loan with Salernitana.
There is no doubt that Everton have finally found the key to becoming better defensively, as they have conceded the joint-fewest goals of any team in the Premier League this season, but there is certainly an opportunity to add more to their attacking threat.
Despite their defensive success, the Toffees have still scored less (eight) than they have conceded this season, and improving their goal contributions could take them to the next level.
Dia could be the solution to the lack of goals at Goodison Park and could even link up with Everton winger Anthony Gordon to establish a formidable strike partnership which can achieve better results and rack up some more convincing victories.
The “impressive” Senegalese sensation – as dubbed by sports journalist Siavoush Fallahi – has scored four goals, delivered two assists and created one big chance this season, making 1.1 key passes and taking 1.4 shots per game over his eight appearances in Serie A so far.
Furthermore, Dia played a huge part in his national team’s first-ever Africa Cup of Nations triumph last winter, playing in almost every game including the final to deliver glory for Senegal.
Considering the talented striker’s hunger for goals, you can only imagine how much service and creativity he would get from Gordon at Goodison Park if he were to join Everton.
Despite scoring two goals already this term, the 21-year-old winger is much more prolific in winning the ball from his opponents, ranking in the top 5% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for pressures, tackles and blocks over the last 12 months.
With that in mind, a combination of Gordon and Dia in the forward line could be an absolute nightmare for Everton’s opponents; and if the powerbrokers at Goodison Park could secure a deal for the centre-forward, it could be a huge boost to the Toffees’ firepower.