According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton are ready to target a move for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke if they are unable to sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is looking for a new centre-forward after Romelu Lukaku completed his move to Manchester United on Monday, and he had been keen to sign the Frenchman from the Gunners.
However, The Mirror reports that Giroud could yet stay at the Emirates despite the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, and he is currently in Australia with the club as part of their pre-season preparations.
Koeman could now switch his attentions to Benteke, who helped the Eagles narrowly avoid relegation to the Championship last term by scoring 15 goals in 36 Premier League appearances.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, with the majority not wanting the club to sign the former Liverpool flop.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— STEFAN BASIUK (@stefanbasiuk) July 10, 2017
Oh please god no!! Just got rid of one lazy Belgian don't need another.
— Craig Hall (@efc_4eva) July 10, 2017
It was all going so well..
— Darren Patten (@darrenp1964) July 10, 2017
Please no he's only good wit his head
— Matthew Scott (@matthewjscott78) July 10, 2017
we will be a laughing stock if we sign benteke
— Patricia Rimmer (@PatriciaRimmer) July 10, 2017
Please no. I couldn't stand having Benteke in the squad
— Leslie efc (@LeslieGodfray) July 10, 2017
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