According to French news outlet Foot Mercato, the Toffees have enquired about potentially signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
As per the report, the player is currently exploring his options with the chance to either extend his contract at Lyon – where he is into the final year of his deal – or make the move elsewhere, with the Premier League becoming an option for the 26-year-old.
There is no doubt that Frank Lampard will be desperate to sign a striker who can come in and make an instant impact on his Everton team, who are yet to gain a point or score a goal for themselves in their first two Premier League matches of the campaign.
The Toffees have found themselves caught short in the centre-forward role, with Calvert-Lewin unavailable for at least six weeks following a knee injury and his long-term strike partner Richarlison moving to Tottenham earlier this summer, so the signing of Dembele would be a fantastic piece of business for Everton.
The 26-year-old Frenchman – who was dubbed “powerful” by his former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers – has no trouble finding the net with 137 goals scored over his career so far, 67 of those for his current club Lyon.
Dembele also has 18 assists for the Ligue 1 side, with a goal contribution every 113 minutes proving that he is a consistent and reliable goal threat who could be a massively valuable asset to Lampard’s team this season.
The Everton boss could even land his very own Romelu Lukaku with the signing of Dembele as the pair draw many comparisons in terms of profile, with the former Toffees goal machine named as the seventh most comparable player to the France international over the last 12 months according to FBRef.
Despite the Lyon star scoring many more league goals (21) than the former Chelsea striker (eight) over the last year, the pair come close in many attributes, with a similar amount of shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (2.65 v 2.49) and a near-identical pressure success rate (28.3% v 28.9%).
Furthermore, the pair are similar in stature ,with both players standing at 6 foot 2 and using their height to win the ball in the air, coming close in their aerial duels won over last season (50.8% v 49%).
In fact, Manchester United even identified the Ligue 1 striker as the perfect replacement when they were planning to sell Lukaku in 2019, further proving that the pair offer many similarities.
The signing of Dembele would be a huge coup for the Toffees, especially if he can emulate the goal-scoring ability that the Belgian showed (87 in 166 games) whilst occupying the centre-forward position at Goodison Park.