Everton recently sent scouts to watch Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in action ahead of a potential move, according to The Sunday Mirror (September 30, page 65).
If the Toffees want to be pushing towards the top six then they need to be picking up positive results on a consistent basis.
So far this season the club have had a mixed bag having recorded two wins, three draws and two defeats in the Premier League.
Despite the lack of victories, the performances in general have been positive and fans were delighted with Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Fulham.
Cenk Tosun scored his first goal of the season, but the Toffees’ strikers have struggled to create goals up to now.
With that in mind, The Sunday Mirror (September 30, page 65) reported that Everton sent a scout to take a closer look at Lille forward Pepe.
The 23-year-old has spent his whole career in France so far, and it is in the last year or so that he has attracted attention.
The forward signed for Lille from Angers last year and has gone on to score 19 goals and create 10 assists for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Pepe has already netted five times in eight outings so far this season, and he would fit into Marco Silva’s system at Goodison Park.
The Ivorian generally plays on the right wing but he can also play as the lone man up front.
That kind of versatility can be priceless for a manager who has to combat a flood of fixtures over the course of the season.
Whether Everton will be able to secure a deal remains to be seen, but Pepe should definitely remain on their radar.