In Focus: Kalinic has the pedigree to be a striking success at Everton

As reported by The Daily Express, Everton are interested in signing Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic this summer.

What’s the story?

With Romelu Lukaku’s spell at Goodison Park now ancient history by football standards, Ronald Koeman needs to replace the many goals he brought to the table last season if the Toffees are to achieve their aims this season.

Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez have already arrived but it seems that Koeman is intent on adding one more forward to the mix before the transfer window shuts.

The Express say that they’re interested in Fiorentina man Nikola Kalinic, who the Serie A side rate at £22.5m.

Can he fill Lukaku’s boots?

Direct comparisons to Lukaku will always be unfair on any striker coming in, the Belgian is one of the greatest strikers to play at Everton in decades. Kalinic may not be a match for the Manchester United man, but he does have a fair goalscoring pedigree that can certainly be useful to Ronald Koeman.

His most impressive season to date came last year when he scored 20 goals in all competitions for Fiorentina, both domestically and in the UEFA Europa League, pointing to a player ready to make the transition to the English Premier League.

With prolific seasons behind him at the likes of Dnipro and Hajduk Split, the former Blackburn Rovers man can hit the rich vein of form required to make him a favourite on Merseyside.

In his prime at 29 years of age, he has a lot to offer the Toffees should they make a move for him.