Everton target Bas Dost is the Graziano Pelle replacement Southampton need

According to reports by Dutch media outlet AD, Everton are one of the clubs interested in signing prolific Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost this summer.

AD says that the Netherlands international is keen to leave the Portuguese club this summer after he was one of the players that was attacked by supporters at their training ground last month, with the Toffees and Premier League rivals Newcastle United among the interested clubs.

The report suggests that new Everton manager Marco Silva is keen to sign a tall and strong centre-forward to compete with Cenk Tosun next season, and the 40-year-old might not be the only manager looking for that type of player.

Southampton, who must also hijack Brighton’s bargain £5m move for 23-year-old midfielder, have been missing that physical presence and a player with the quality and that can hold the ball up since Graziano Pelle left for the Chinese Super League in 2017, with the likes of Charlie Austin, Shane Long and January addition Guido Carrillo struggling to void.

It remains to be seen whether the latter will be offloaded having struggled to even make the matchday squad on most occasions under Mark Hughes at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, but whatever happens the Welshman will surely be in the market for a striker given his side only netted 37 goals in their 38 Premier League fixtures.

Dost would fit the bill in many ways given he enjoyed another impressive personal season, scoring 27 goals from 66 shots in 30 Portuguese top flight appearances, as per WhoScored.com.

Bas Dost's stats for Sporting Lisbon this season

As well as showing how clinical he can be in the penalty area with both his feet and his head, he also won 141 aerial duels and showed he does have a creative side too by making 30 key passes for his teammates.

The 29-year-old Netherlands international may well be available for a cut-price fee this summer given his determination to leave, and Southampton can’t afford to miss out on the opportunity to bring him to St Mary’s to finally give their frontline the boost it has been needing for two years.

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