In Focus: Everton dream of signing Bas Dost looks to be over

According to an interview he did with General Newspaper, via Portuguese media outlet A Bola, Everton target Bas Dost, who has a release clause set at €60m (approximately £53.4m at the current exchange rate), isn’t interested in a January move from Sporting Lisbon to Goodison Park.

What’s the word, then?

Well, ESPN FC had reported on October 10 that the Toffees were weighing up a move for the centre-forward after failing to sign a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku during the summer transfer window, and having endured a difficult start to the season.

That poor beginning to the campaign has left them in 16th in the Premier League table, while they have taken just one point from six available in the Europa League group stages, so it is no surprise that Ronald Koeman is looking to boost his side’s firepower on the New Year.

However, a move for Dost doesn’t look to be a goer if the Netherlands international’s latest comments are anything to go by.

What did he say?

The 28-year-old is reported to have told the General Newspaper, via A Bola: “I’m not going out in the winter or waiting for the market. I’m happy and I want to be a champion at Sporting.”

Why do Everton want him?

With Sandro Ramirez taking time to adapt to life in the Premier League and the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin not yet experienced enough to have a consistent impact at top flight level, Koeman has had to depend on Oumar Niasse to deliever the goods in recent weeks.

Considering the Senegal international had been frozen out by the Dutch manager previously, it is hardly an ideal solution that he is currently Lukaku’s replacement.

The Toffees need a player that can try and replicate the form the Belgian showed when he scored 87 goals in 166 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit in four seasons at Goodison Park, and Dost certainly has the potential to do that.

The 28-year-old netted 36 times in 41 outings in total for Sporting last season and as well as being a good finisher, at 6’5″ tall he is also a big threat in the air.

What happens next?

Well, with Dost seemingly not keen on a move to Everton then Koeman must switch his attentions elsewhere as his search to bring in a new centre-forward during the January transfer window continues.