In Focus: Everton must be cautious on Gameiro with Ramirez struggling to settle

According to reports in The Mirror, Everton could make a January move for £20m-rated Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro after summer transfer target Diego Costa returned to his former club from Chelsea.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that the Frenchman could be surplus to requirements after Atletico agreed terms with the Premier League holders to bring Costa back to Spain earlier this month.

The Mirror says that the £67m deal means that the La Liga giants may be forced to balance the books in the New Year, and that could mean they look to offload Gameiro, who has found game time hard to come by.

The report adds that Everton have been sounded out about his potential availability, with the Merseyside failing to sign the direct Romelu Lukaku replacement that manager Ronald Koeman wanted during the summer transfer window.

The Mirror says that Atletico would be willing to loan him out for the remainder of the campaign or negotiate a £20m permanent deal.

How has Gameiro done at Atletico?

While the 30-year-old was something of a key first team player under Diego Simeone in his first season when he ended the 2016/17 campaign with 16 goals and a further seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions, but he has found it more difficult to get time on the pitch this term.

The French attacker has played in just 27 minutes of Atletico’s opening six La Liga fixtures of the season, while he was left out of the squad altogether for the Champions League clash against AS Roma a fortnight ago.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

It’s difficult to say.

While the 30-year-old has done well for Atletico when played as a centre-forward, he is certainly more in the mould of Sergio Aguero than Lukaku from a physical point of view and couldn’t be seen as a direct replacement for the big Belgian.

That said, his record for Sevilla and Atletico in La Liga has certainly been impressive and he has shown that he can find the net on a regular basis.

One concern for the Toffees though would be how Sandro Ramirez – who also impressed in Spain for Malaga last season – has so far struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and they could easily find themselves in a similar situation if they brought Gameiro to Goodison Park.