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Everton: Pete O’Rourke claims Duvan Zapata would be a good fit

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata would be a good fit at Everton, Pete O’Rourke has claimed.

What’s the word?

Everton are in desperate need of reinforcements, as they find themselves in serious danger of relegation and in a crisis on and off the pitch.

Fans have recently expressed their anger, with protests against the Everton board and first-team players being confronted after their defeat to Southampton, while the club are still yet to make a signing in the January window.

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Speaking to Football FanCast, O’Rourke claimed that Zapata, who has been linked with the Toffees, would be a good addition to the squad.

He said: “He’s a top player, Zapata – a Colombian international, was strongly linked with moves to the Premier League in the last January transfer window as well as last summer.

“He’s got a good goalscoring record in Serie A as well. He does seem the type of player who would suit the Premier League – he’s a big, strong, powerful forward, and I think he would have all the attributes to be a success in England.”

A gamechanging signing

The 31-year-old has proven himself to be a top-class goalscorer over the years, with 80 goals in 175 appearances for Atalanta, and he could be the ideal quick fix for Frank Lampard.

Everton have scored just 15 times in 19 league games, and if they do not inject more goals into the side, they could suffer a first-ever relegation from the Premier League.

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They are reportedly in conversations with Atalanta over a deal, and they will need to bring bodies in urgently as they try and improve their form, with just one point from their last five league games.

However, goalscoring is one thing and being the right fit for Everton is another, and with the Toffees’ top-flight status at stake, Lampard will have to be sure Zapata can be an answer to the club’s present problems.

And given it has since been claimed that Atalanta appear to be unwilling sellers, it may well be that Everton end up looking elsewhere.