New Everton manager Ronald Koeman is set to enhance his strikeforce with Porto’s Vincent Aboubakar, 24, topping his list.
The Cameroon international scored 18 times in 42 appearances in his first season in Portugal following a cut-price move from French club Lorient last summer. The powerful striker is seen as an ideal partner for Romelu Lukaku, 23, who is himself the subject of transfer speculation.
Koeman is acutely aware of the Toffees over-reliance on the Belgian international who scored 18 times in last season’s Premier League. Speculation over his future was fuelled with reports that his agent has held talks with Arsenal, a move former Gunner, Paul Merson, backed.
Aboubakar possesses a similar style to Lukaku; strong, powerful in the air and quick, he has scored 13 goals for his country in his 45 appearances, most recently in the 2–3 defeat to France. Koeman believes the pair will complement each other in attack and with greater goal threat, have more chance of realising new co-owner Farhad Moshiri’s dream of bringing Champions League football to Goodison Park.
Premier League champions may yet beat Everton to the punch. With the lure of direct entry to next season’s Champions League group stage, the Foxes are considering a move for Aboubakar if Jamie Vardy, 29, moves to Arsenal. Initial target Troy Deeney, 27, has been priced out of a move to the King Power with Watford demanding a fee of £32m.
Aboubakar, by contrast, offers better value for Leicester’s money at half that price and with age on his side, is a considered more of a long-term signing.
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