Everton: 44-goal star 'pretty high on shortlist' at Goodison Park

Everton boss Frank Lampard watches on

Everton will ‘look at’ signing Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz in the January transfer window after falling short in their summer pursuit at Goodison Park, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Frank Lampard oversaw a busy few months of business on Merseyside but may feel frustrated with some of the names they were unable to sign.

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What is the latest on Brereton Diaz?

The 23-year-old already has four goals and an assist to his name in 10 Championship appearances this season as he continues his fine form in Lancashire.

Brereton Diaz was a wanted man in the summer transfer window with Everton reported to have been close to agreeing a £20 million deal for his services at the end of August, but it failed to materialise.

Fulham also saw two bids turned down, according to The Athletic, while Nice were in for the 14-cap Chile international.

Everton made one final last-gasp attempt to steal the player from Ewood Park on deadline day but it was an approach that was once again rebuffed.

But the Toffees could be boosted in their attempts to sign Brereton Diaz in the winter with the player now into the final 12 months of his contract, leaving January as their final opportunity to cash in.

What has O’Rourke said on a deal?

O’Rourke believes that Brereton Diaz will once again be high on Everton’s wishlist when the transfer window reopens.

The journalist adds that the fact he will likely be available for a cut price will only strengthen their desire.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Brereton Diaz, I’m sure, will be somebody that they will look at again in January, knowing that his price tag will be reduced due to his contract situation as well. So I think Everton, if they are in the market for attacking reinforcements, Brereton Diaz will probably be pretty high up the list.”

Do Everton need reinforcements in attack?

The Toffees started the campaign with no striker on the pitch as they lined up against Chelsea, with both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomon Rondon out injured.

But Neal Maupay arrived ahead of the deadline from Brighton & Hove Albion while Calvert-Lewin is also closing in on a return to action.

Brereton Diaz is a versatile figure, however, and has frequently played on the left wing as well as down the middle.

At 23, he clearly has plenty of room for improvement still, which is an exciting prospect considering he has already bagged 44 goals in his club career.

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