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Everton wanted to sign Jonathan David

Everton made eight new signings over the summer to improve their squad following a troubling relegation scrap in the Premier League last season, and now a reliable source has revealed a further transfer target.

What’s the latest?

According to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg, Everton were “very interested” in signing LOSC Lille’s Jonathan David next year, although the forward doesn’t see the Toffees as an option in the new year.

Plettenberg tweeted:

“News Jonathan David: Been told that Everton was very interested in a transfer in 2023 but there was no concrete offer! No option for the 22 y/o striker anyway. He wants to join a Top12 club in Europe. Contract until 2025, NO release clause. Price: More than €50m!”

Miles better than Maupay

There is no doubt that David would have been a huge signing for the Toffees and could’ve easily been the solution to their struggle in front of goal over the last 18 months.

Indeed, defensively Everton have improved dramatically which has allowed them to enjoy a comfortable start to their season, winning two and drawing four of their ten league outings so far. However, their lack of goals has hindered their opportunity to climb even further up the table.

The Merseysiders have only found the back of the net eight times so far with only Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa scoring less, proving that the investment into a clinical finisher who is hungry for goals should’ve been a top priority.

Everton signed Neal Maupay in hope that he would boost goal contributions following Richarlison’s exit and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury concerns, but the former Brighton and Hove Albion striker has only delivered one league goal in five appearances.

David, on the other hand, has been flying in Ligue 1 for Lille, scoring nine goals and assisting twice already, but it’s not just his goal contributions that make the talented Canadian striker significantly better than Maupay.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

The £43.6m machine who was hailed for his “ice-cold” finishing by journalist David Hernandez, has made 1.5 key passes and taken 3.3 shots per game, as well as completing 42% of his dribbles and creating three big chances over nine league appearances.

In comparison, Maupay has made just 0.8 key passes and taken two shots per game, failing to complete a single dribble attempt and creating zero chances for his team so far.

On that evidence, it’s clear the Lille forward would be a big upgrade for Everton. It’s just a shame a deal looks unlikely.

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