Everton face transfer fight for Belgian ace

Everton’s pursuit of Standard Liege forward Michy Batshuayi is under threat from Portuguese giants Benfica, according to the Daily Mirror.

Roberto Martinez has made the Belgian youngster his top striker target, and has been told he will have to pay £7million for his services.

Martinez is in the market for a replacement for Nikica Jelavic, who is Hull City bound.

But now it seems the Toffee’s will have to battle Benfica for the striker’s signature, with the Portuguese side looking for a potential replacement for Rodrigo Moreno, who is a target for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

Standard remain reluctant to sell one of their prized assets, with reports suggesting they may be more willing to do business in the summer.

Moreno had an unimpressive loan spell in England with Bolton during the 2010-1 season, and is set to complete his move to Zenit this weekend, meaning Martinez may find himself in a race to sign Batshuayi.

The 20-year-old Belgian has been training on his own this week after Everton’s interest was made public, and Standard went to war with his agent for revealing the fixed fee the Toffees would need to pay.

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