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Everton can land Yakubu 2.0 with Emmanuel Dennis swoop

Everton are believed to be keen on a move for Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis, as the club plots a replacement for former talisman, Richarlison.

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As per The Athletic, the 24-year-old is one of the players who is being considered as a potential heir to the Brazilian, following the latter man’s £60m switch to fellow Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur.

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The report suggests that the former Club Brugge man – who arrived at Vicarage Road for just £3.6m last summer – and Chelsea’s Armando Broja are two of the options that the Merseysiders are looking at to fill the attacking void.

Previous reports have suggested that the five-cap international could cost as much as £20m, however, with Brentford and Crystal Palace also believed to be keen on poaching the marksman from the newly-relegated Hornets.

Yakubu 2.0

The £12.6m-rated gem has seemingly warranted the clamour for his signature following an impressive debut campaign in English football, netting ten goals and providing six assists in 33 top-flight outings during the 2021/22 season.

Dubbed a “bundle of energy” by one source, the £27k-per-week ace proved himself a real handful despite the collective struggles at his current side last term, showcasing his ability to feature on either flank and through the middle – flexibility akin to that of the aforementioned Richarlison.

Not only could the 5 foot 9 hotshot prove himself to be an ideal replacement for the 25-year-old, but his arrival could also evoke memories of another Nigerian star to have dazzled at Goodison Park, in Yakubu.

The now-retired brute enjoyed a hugely successful Premier League career, first featuring for both Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, before making the switch to Goodison Park in 2007 during David Moyes’ time in charge.

While not truly prolific, ‘The Yak’ – as he was affectionately known – still recorded 25 goals in 82 league games for the Toffees, notably firing in 15 league goals in his debut season to quickly endear himself to the club’s support.

Although he was unable to sustain that form, he proved himself one of the division’s most dangerous forwards in his pomp, with his overall record in the division standing at an impressive 95 goals in 252 games across his time in England.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

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Should his compatriot Dennis make the switch this summer, the hope will be that he can have an equally as devastating impact upon his arrival, with his explosive speed and agility making him a real handful to defend against.

While the Watford man may not have quite the same brutal power as Yakubu, he shares that vital knack for knowing where the goal is.

AND, in other news: Everton want to sign “dangerous” £57.8m ace this summer, supporters will be buzzing.

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