Everton have only made one signing so far and have already lost Richarlison this summer so Frank Lampard will be hoping to identify some more new recruits before the season begins next month, and now a new potential transfer target has been named.
According to French news outlet Foot Mercato, Everton are plotting a bid to sign Mohamed Bayo from Clermont this summer.
As per the report, the striker is becoming a hot prospect with Lille OSC, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Frankfurt and Marseille alongside Everton all named as clubs interested in securing his signature.
It is reported further that Clermont wants at least €13-14m (£11.1-11.9m) to sell the player in the current transfer window.
There is no doubt that Lampard will be wanting to get players in to establish his best team going forward, and the signing of Bayo could be the perfect step forward to move on from Richarlison’s exit ahead of next season.
The 24-year-old who was hailed a “handful” by journalist Andy Brassell, has been impressing over his time with his French side scoring 36 goals and delivering 12 assists over 79 appearances, with a goal contribution every 119 minutes played.
The Guinea international scored 14 goals, delivered five assists and created six big chances, making one key pass and taking 2.1 shots on average per game, whilst also successfully completing the majority of his dribble attempts (53%) over 32 league appearances.
Bayo’s hunger for goals is something Lampard needs badly in his Everton team next season, with the side conceding 23 goals more than they scored last term, which ultimately led to a relegation scrap at the bottom of the table, a situation the Toffees will not want to find themselves in again.
With that being said, the signing of Bayo could be a major coup for Farhad Moshiri, especially if they can secure a deal for the bargain asking price and he can continue to emulate his goal-scoring abilities at Goodison Park.