Everton could end the January transfer window with a major statement signing, as the Toffees are reportedly looking to make an audacious swoop for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to The Independent, Everton have been tipped to sign the Gabon forward, who has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium after having his captaincy stripped by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta amid disciplinary issues.
The Merseyside club are set to appoint former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as their new manager after Rafael Benitez was sacked just under two weeks ago, and the Englishman seems keen to make a big statement immediately.
Everton remain in a dangerous position, having won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches, and they will be keen to add more goals to their armoury in order to steer clear of any relegation concerns as soon as possible.
Regardless of his predicament at Arsenal, Aubameyang should still be recognised as an excellent striker. The 32-year-old has scored 295 career goals in 578 matches, an average of a goal every 1.96 games.
Having previously been labelled “sensational” by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, the 32-year-old could prove a shrewd addition for the Premier League strugglers should a deal materialise.
Everton’s star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is taking time to return to the standard he was meeting prior to suffering the toe injury which kept him out for four months, having yet to score since coming back from that layoff.
Moreover, the 24-year-old has been subject to interest from numerous clubs, with Aubameyang’s current employers Arsenal reportedly interested in securing the Englishman’s services.
Everton have scored just 24 goals in 20 league matches this term and could do with a few more goals to climb up the table, with the Toffees in 16th place and just four points above the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand on 18th-placed Newcastle United.
If Lampard is confirmed as manager and starts his reign with a successful swoop for the one-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, the 43-year-old would make a massive first impression upon taking the reins at Goodison Park.