Josef Martinez is a gamble worth taking for Everton

Everton are interested in signing Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez according to US-based Spanish language newspaper, as cited by SportsWitness.

What’s the story?

The 25-year-old Venezuelan moved to Atlanta United in 2017 from Toronto and he has been on scintillating form ever since, scoring 33 goals in 38 games for the Five Stripes.

He is the current top scorer in the MLS with 14 goals this season and according to El Diario, Everton’s new boss Marco Silva is looking at potentially bringing the signing the striker who is valued at £5.85million on Transfermarkt.

Really?

This is one of the more unusual transfer rumours to surround Everton, but it does make more sense the more you think about it.

Everton’s problems up top are common knowledge, only managing to score 44 times in the Premier League last season.

Martinez clearly has an eye for goal and although moves from the MLS to the Premier League are rare, there’s no reason that he can’t continue his scoring exploits in England.

At 25, he is in his prime and Everton would certainly be paying less than they would for strikers with similar records in Europe.

It would be a big punt but it could be one worth taking for Everton.