Everton have been struggling for goal contributions ever since Richarlison left for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, although a new update has emerged on a potential transfer target who could finally replace the Brazilian at Goodison Park.
The Daily Mail has reported that, alongside being in contact with representatives of Villarreal star Arnaut Danjuma, the Toffees continue their interest in Lorient striker Terem Moffi.
As per the report, the Merseyside club are desperately trying to bring in a forward this month but are working within financial constraints, and although they have checked on Moffi and his team-mate Dango Ouattara, they are set to be met with competitors who can meet transfer fees now.
It is safe to say the Toffees are in a sticky situation as they are clearly in dire need of a player to come in and boost the team’s goal contributions. However, they find themselves unable to commit financially to a move for high-quality forwards at the risk that they don’t perform to the level needed in order to survive relegation this season.
Everton are currently 18th in the Premier League ahead of their clash with bottom-of-the-table Southampton this weekend, with that position also indicative of their meagre 14-goal tally, superior to just two other teams in the division.
Therefore, taking all three points against the Saints will be crucial not only for the Toffees to potentially climb out of the relegation zone but also for Frank Lampard, who could find himself on the receiving end of his P45 should the result not go in his favour.
As a result, if a deal could be done to sign Moffi this month, it would be a great piece of business for Everton in their pursuit to increase their top-flight goal tally.
Across 16 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season , the 23-year-old – who was dubbed a “man of gold” by Lorient manager Christophe Pelissier- has scored 10 goals and successfully completed 61% of his dribbles, along with averaging two shots on goal and 3.6 duels won per game.
This season isn’t a one-off for Moffi either, as the talented forward has scored 59 goals and delivered seven assists over his short career so far, with a goal contribution every 153 minutes – a great output which could be extremely valuable to the Toffees over the second half of the season.
Everton could have never predicted just how much trouble the loss of Richarlison would put them in, but it is crystal clear that the 25-year-old’s crucial goals last season were the lynchpin in the club’s top-flight survival. Despite the summer signings of Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil, the Brazilian’s output and commitment to delivering results at Goodison Park has not been matched.
With that in mind, signing Moffi would be a major coup and could finally give Everton that player who has the hunger and desire to find the net consistently.