Everton have long-term been linked with Boulaye Dia and now a new update has emerged on the club’s pursuit of the player ahead of the January transfer window.
What’s the latest?
According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, Everton are “keeping tabs” on Senegal and Salernitana striker Boulaye Dia.
Jacobs tweeted: Boulaye Dia scores Senegal’s first World Cup goal.
“He also has six goals in Serie A for Salernitana, where he’s on-loan from Villarreal. Salernitana have an option to buy for £10m. Leeds, Everton, West Ham and Leicester all keeping tabs on him, too.”
He’s just what Lampard needs
It is no secret that Everton have been struggling in front of goal over their Premier League season so far which can be blamed on the exit of Richarlison in the summer and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s inability to stay fit. However, it is something that Frank Lampard must address in the upcoming transfer window.
There is no doubt that the powers at Goodison Park spent the summer transfer window aiming to improve the defensive play in the squad with the signing of centre-backs Conor Coady and James Tarkowski as well as two quality midfielders in Idrissa Gana Gueye and Amadou Onana, so the next step is to invest in the attack.
Only Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored fewer goals than the Toffees, so the signing of Dia could be precisely what Lampard needs ahead of the second half of the season.
The 26-year-old striker has scored 58 goals and registered 12 assists in 164 appearances over his career so far with a goal contribution every 153 minutes which is a stable and consistent output that could be hugely valuable to Everton.
Not only that, Dia has been a stand-out performer for Senegal at the World Cup so far scoring his first-ever goal in the prestigious tournament against Qatar on Friday to deliver all three points for the AFCON champions and giving them another opportunity to compete for progression to the knock-out stages.
Over two appearances, the Villarreal-owned goal machine has completed 100% of his long balls and successfully completed 50% of his dribbles, as well as averaging two shots and winning four duels per game, proving he has been an effective presence for Senegal.
With that being said, it remains to be seen as to whether Villarreal will be willing to sell Dia when he returns from his loan with Salernitana or if they will want to keep hold of the player due to his performances for both club and country. However, if Everton could acquire his services in January it could potentially save their season.